Yesterday I posted on our two recreational activities I enjoy with my children (skiing and hunting). There is a common element that draws us to these activities: Risk. And I believe that a healthy understanding of risk is a good thing.
This weirds some people out. Seriously, I’ve had people question my parenting wisdom because I teach my 10-year-olds how to shoot high-powered rifles. I’ve had dads tell me they won’t own a trampoline because they’re dangerous.
“Avoiding danger” is the philosophy, and if a hunter or skier or a trampoline jumper had this mentality, he or she would never enjoy the true thrill of the activity. In reality, this mentality is failing to recognize how risk plays a part in the success of the thrill, because risk is a healthy tension to master.
I have three positive aspects of risk that I’d like you to consider.
- Risk Reminds Us of Reality
Even the most mundane tasks have risk. Though the risk is low, you risk depositing your money into a bank account. Kidding yourself into thinking that you avoid danger whenever risk poses a threat likely robs you of more thrilling and rewarding ventures.
- Risk Reminds Us to GO!
The agility to just do it is a needed perspective in life. I think of when Lydia needed to pull the trigger on her bull (she hesitated at first, but needed to overcome the hesitation). In business, I often need to move forward without blinking. Pull the trigger and move in for the harvest. Sure, there is risk involved, but you’ve committed to this and you need to GO!
- Risk Rewards Us
Measure up the reward for your risk. All investment requires some sort of risk. Anything can happen, and you have to be okay with the “anything.” We risked going skiing yesterday. Sure enough, a blizzard moved in, but we were fine with sticking around and having a blast.
Do you get what I’m saying? I hope you size up risk and respond to it appropriately. Seeing all risk as merely danger to avoid will keep you from some of the most joyful ventures available to you in this life.
Are you accused of being a risk-taker? Have you seen this as a positive or negative thing?