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There is always a risk-to-reward consideration in business, but not necessarily in Vincent's current line of work. However, he does make a comment on a short stint as a part-owner in a restaurant chain.
It was an example of an opportunity presenting itself not at an optimal time, but you make the decision to take advantage of it anyway.
Though the venture did not last or become a new career, one must imagine that Vincent took away a considerable "reward" in the form of experience. We always hope that first venture or risk will lead directly to the "big reward" of "making it", but Vincent's example shows that sometimes the first venture can be a step along the way that neither makes nor breaks you.
[Thanks to litteacher8 for the link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-07-06/how-i-got-here-general-mills-anton-vincent]
Here is an intereview with Vincent.
Vincent basically suggests that our careers do not follow a straight path. Every experience we have shapes us into the person we become, and benefits us in our business. Vincent ended up at General Mills after working in other industries, but those insights make him a better executive.
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