Have you ever taken a big risk and had it pay off in ways you never expected? If so, you might belong on this list!

Simply put, Buzzfeed’s community shared A BUNCH of amazing stories, are here are the best 12.


1. Some incredible dates

“The one and only time I’ve given my number to a random stranger at a bar, he turned out to be a multibillionaire.

The relationship ultimately didn’t pan out, but I did get some incredible dates out of it!”


2. A message from my husband


“After months of begging me, a friend basically forced me to try online dating.

Well, a night of drinking led me to agree to sign up for one week only. I chickened out and went to delete it the next day, but I had a message from my now-husband.

We have been married for five years and together for eight!”


3. A jump into the unknown

“I was extremely unhappy at my previous job. On a whim, my manager was walking by and I asked if we could talk. I told him I was resigning. He asked if I had another job lined up. I didn’t.

“I ended up taking a solo trip to Hawaii for a month, then came back and submitted an application for an entry-level position at another company. Fast forward three years, and I’ve worked my way up and am now the assistant manager of a company that is a global leader in the travel industry.

I don’t think this would have happened if I didn’t take the risk and jump into the unknown without a backup plan!”


4. Always shoot your shot


“I went through a bad breakup while away for college and decided to move home over winter break and finish my last semester online. At home, I’d left an awesome job and an amazing manager who I’d always had chemistry with. We had talked the whole time I was gone, and when I told him I was moving home unexpectedly, he was thrilled.

I decided to shoot my shot and asked him if he wanted to get a drink the night we got back.

Two years and a wedding later, we’re now expecting our first baby.

Always shoot your shot!!!!!”


5. Be brave enough for one little text

“I texted my work crush and told him that I was in love with him. Literally the words ‘head-over-heels, can’t-stop-thinking-about-you in love with you.’

Next thing I knew, he ran into my office and started kissing me.

“Eight years, marriage, kids — the works.

Best. Text. Ever.”


6. For the first time in my life

“I didn’t finish high school and it’s been 12 years since I left. I’m a single parent and I have my child 100% of the time. Last year around this time, I just decided I needed a better life, so I applied to college.

It’s been really difficult, but this is probably the first time in my life I have ever felt proud of myself. I can finally say I am happy with my life — both for myself and for my child.”


7. Fans and friends

“I took some time off of work to follow my favorite band to as many shows on their US tour as I could. On the first night of the tour, I met a guy in line who quit his job and was following them around as well. Since we were going to be seeing a lot of each other, I got his number so we could hang out before the shows.

A week later, I started seriously crushing on him. A month later, we went on our first date.

Now we’ve been together for almost a year and a half!”


8. The best decision I’ve ever made


“I stopped working for a few years when I had my children, but then I decided I wanted to go back to working. However, the only job experience I had was working in retail and in bars. I kept seeing job listings in my area for care assistants, but I had no qualifications — still, I thought I’d give it a try and apply for one.

“With the application form, I sent a long letter explaining why I thought I’d be good for the job even though I had no experience. Amazingly, I got the job!

I’ve now been a care assistant in a dementia home for two years. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made and I absolutely love my job!”


9. A really good friend

“I’m only 14 so this is pretty elementary, but I texted the boy I liked and asked him to hang out. He agreed, and we had a really fun time together.

It didn’t turn into anything romantic — I’m only 14 so I don’t need it to be — but I made a really good friend whom I always talk to.”


10. Daily updates turned into forever


“Ten years ago, I took the same bus every Tuesday and Thursday. There was a man who also rode the bus who caught my eye, so I’d text my friends about him. Two days a week, I’d give them updates about this man — ‘He isn’t wearing a ring…’, ‘Today he was wearing plaid pants,’ etc.

“After checking him out for about a month, I dared myself to talk to him. But as the bus pulled up to the curb, I chickened out. Just then, HE walked up to me and said, ‘Nice weather we’re having.’

“Three years later, we were married.”


11. It nearly cost everything

“I switched careers completely at 28 years old. I had an established life in public relations for six years, a six-figure salary, and I lived alone in a one-bedroom apartment in New York City. I was also a miserable, anxious mess whose only joy in life came from yoga and the few tattoos I hid under my work shirts. But when my career and I snapped at the same time, I decided to take a chance and leave the industry with severance to pursue fitness full-time.

“The switch nearly cost me everything, but now at 30, I’m a head coach of a private training studio, about to expand to a new location for classes, and I just finished my yoga-inspired geometric/watercolor sleeve on my right arm. I’ve never been happier.”


12. Be a good neighbor


“When my friend and I moved into our apartment, this guy showed us the place, but I didn’t pay him much attention. After we moved in, I saw a cute guy walking into the building and my friend told me it was the guy who had shown us the place.

I called his name and invited him to our apartment for dinner. He agreed. We’ve been together for 13 years now, married for 10.”


So yeah, there is hope! You just need to get out there, believe in yourself… and shoot that shot!

Do you have a story you want to share about a time it worked out? Do it in the comments!