(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)


Life is risky. Bet one day you even find it to be fatal! But life having risk doesn’t mean you have to live in fear. You can, instead, learn to mitigate your risks.

“Be safe” was the routine parting advice from a relative. I’m sure she wanted me to be safe/ healthy/whole and remain in her life, but what was I to do with the “safe” instruction? It seemed to focus on the fear part.

Life is risky. To be alive is to live in risk. It’s everywhere and unavoidable. If you try to avoid risk in one area, you’re inviting it in another. A simple example is one of not making an investment because it has risk, then experiencing the risk of receiving no return on your capital. (Your mileage may vary!)

Fear is at the heart of the risk/safety conversation and is a constant in the human journey. So is risk. Fortunately you can learn to mitigate risk, a skill which trumps trying to merely remain safe.

Safe tries to eliminate fear. Risk accepts it. Safe is focused on getting away from the fear. Acceptable risk allows you to live within it.

Foolish risk? High cost/low return risk? Untrained risk? Of course not, but you can learn to ride the risk and get better at it.

Play it safe and void risk? Not possible.


Coaching Point: Life is risky. Where can you get better at mitigating risk? What do you need to learn? Who can help you?


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