@David, Moderator posted:
I agree with Gustavo's answer and would like to add that "be" is unnecessary and even slightly distracting in that sentence. Normally, there would be no "be":
- I didn't get to where I am today without taking some risks.
On the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA), there are 707 results for "get to where" and only 12 for "get to be where."
And there's also just "get where," with 1,238 results on COCA. I think all three can refer to the physical meaning of arriving somewhere or to the sociological sense of acquiring a certain status or position in life or in some activity, don't you agree?