Risk and abilities
A quick riff for a decompressing Friday
Life is an adventure. When you create something new whether it’s a product, a painting or a change in your behaviour, you’re stepping into the unknown. Stepping into the unknown is always a risk.
How much risk can a person handle
Someone with a low risk tolerence in whatever endeavour will likely end up with low abilities. If you only surf small waves, you’ll struggle with the bigger ones. The same can be said about dealing with difficult emotions. If you can’t risk experiencing them, you’ll be really bad at handling things.
High tolerence and low abilities?
Well, that can be a really big problem. If you are a beginner surfer with a high tollerence of risk, you could end up breaking your neck, drowning, getting eaten by a shark - or worse - piss off a local with some breech of ettiquite such that they do terrible things to your car and potentially hurt your surfboard.
Yes, the ocean could kill you, but the humiliations handed out by the self appointed surf police? Make me shark food please.
Learning takes place when our risk tolerrence is just a little bigger than our abilities.
People with a high risk tolerence and high abilies?
I know what you’re saying: That’s gotta be the sweet spot - when your ability to do things matches your ability to handle risk. There’s a big danger here. This is where we get comfortable. This is where we can become complacent. When we want to drive change in our lives, our creative work and our businesses and we’ve become successful, there are times when we begin to hedge. How much risk we can accept in our lives begins to dwindle.
When we spend too long being successful, we’ve created something. What we have to lose becomes more important than what we have to gain.
So, how do you keep your edge?