Friday February 6, 2004

Risky Business

The Friday 5 for this week is all about risk. It's another set I initially considered not doing; then I figured I would answer.. but in my own inimitable fashion :-)

  1. What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
  2. What one thing would you like to try that your mother/friend/significant other would never approve of?
  3. On a scale of 1-10, what's your risk factor? (1=never take risks, 10=it's a lifestyle)
  4. What's the best thing that's ever happened to you as a result of being bold/risky?
  5. ... and what's the worst?


First, let's examine risk:

Definition:
  1. [n] a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury; "he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime"; "there was a danger he would do the wrong thing"
  2. [n] a source of danger; "drinking alcohol is a health hazard"
  3. [v] take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
  4. [v] expose to a chance of loss or damage; "We risked losing a lot of money in this venture"; "Why risk your life?"
Synonyms: adventure, chance, danger, gamble, hazard, hazard, jeopardy, lay on the line, peril, peril, put on the line, run a risk, take a chance, take chances

See Also: assay, attempt, bell the cat, chance, danger, essay, gamble, health hazard, jeopardize, luck it, luck through, occupational hazard, seek, stake, sword of Damocles, try, venture, venture

Yipes! Look at those synonyms and see also's. I don't want to go there! Loss, injury, a source of danger... That does not describe me, no siree, nuhuh!

I don't consider myself a risk-taker. On that scale of 1 to 10, I'd probably place myself somewhere between a 2 and a 3, mostly because I think a 1 probably never leaves the house ;-)

I certainly don't risk my life, or my health, or my money very often. I don't ski, bungee jump, or dive out of airplanes. I don't even roller-blade! My 401K is mostly invested in Government Money Market funds; my savings is in a CD. I don't "play" the stock market. If I go to Las Vegas, I may bet a few dollars in the nickel slots (they sound so nice if you win just a little bit).

I can't imagine anything I'd like to try that my mother, my spouse, or a friend would not approve of! I tend to be pretty "level headed". If they wouldn't approve, I probably wouldn't approve either!

I have done a few "daring" things in my life, but they're daring in my terms. I drive in the rain. I try new restaurants (not nearly as often as Spouse). I agree (on occasion :-) to meet new people. I leave the job I have to take a new job. I left the "security" of fulltime employment to do contract work.

Following College, I could have looked for a job in the area. Instead, I moved to another state to attend Grad School in a field I thought I might like. The field wasn't a fit; I changed my mind about that program, moved back home, picked a different program and moved to yet another state. All of that involved risk.

While in Grad School, I chose to join Mensa, to attend functions, to meet people. Meeting new people always involves some level of risk. At one of those functions, I agreed to give an attractive and funny man my telephone number; I agreed to see him when he called the next day. That was a risk that paid off in more ways than I can enumerate. For 20 years now that attractive and funny man has been my spouse, my sweetie, and my best friend. That would definitely be the best thing that's ever happened as a result of my being bold and taking a risk!

I dumped my first faculty advisor at that second grad school and struck out on a path of my own. I succeeded with the help and support of my sweetie and a new advisor; that's the second best thing that's happened as a result of my being bold and taking a risk!.

In recent times, I've taken a few job risks in terms of definition 3 — the hope of a favorable outcome. I applied for, and got, two jobs that didn't pan out. Neither was a "perfect" fit and there was a risk of failure, of my not liking the job, of things not working out. In both cases, I lost the bet. On the other hand, I was paid for the work I did; 10 weeks for the first and 5 weeks for the second. And losing the first of the two allowed me to get unemployment for a while. So even those didn't cost me too much. And I learned something in the process.

I'm not a risk taker in general. I'm not an adventurous person by nature. However, I am assertive (at times) and I tend to look out for my interests. If there are risks involved in a venture or choice, I'll consider them. I'll do the risk analysis. Then, if there's something really potentially worthwhile on the other side, sometimes I'll jump.

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