We all have different tolerance levels of risk – some can’t bear to consider any of that “nonsense” while others apparently find her a close friend. I’m not sure where I stand but I have been generally classified as one who enjoys taking her out on dates.
I suppose that the scale of risk I take is, and will always be, normative to myself, just as it appears to you and yourself. I do not see risk as others see it as I do not you, which makes sense since qualifying someone else’s risk tolerance is far easier to do than self-diagnose.
You do what you do for whatever reasons you do it and I the same.
But there have been a few times where I can see my choices with slightly more clarity than usual. It has been rare but when it occurs it’s absolutely frightening. It’s as if you can see yourself from the outside looking in, watching yourself jump into the mist and even as you watch you wonder how and why you even came to those conclusions in the first place.
Risk is a powerful thing.
It causes you to do things you might not otherwise do, ever. It may cause people to react in ways that they may never have been able to do without your decision first. It may alter the course of your current trajectory in an incredibly positive way or may result in positively negative consequences.
But it forces us to respond – there is no alternative. I believe that leadership has a pleasant mix of risk management and luck, among many other qualities. It’s fascinating that we laud, respect, and attempt to copy those that we may deem successful, especially those that are able to somehow burst out of their once average lives and achieve greatness.
Oftentimes these individuals are no less capable of greatness than we are – what we lack and they have can be calculated only at a microscopic level. It’s neither a balance of risk and/or reward but rather the resolve to act in the face of boring mediocrity.
If you are not satisfied and do nothing then you shoulder all of the blame. We are now in week 3 of 2013 with only 49 left to go – are you still standing still?