Risk-averse

Funny thing. I was doing my morning routine earlier today when one of the speakers I was listening to said that “humans are risk-averse.” He also stated that our brain is doing its best to keep us alive, and that’s it. Just to survive. To survive and reproduce. I find it to be such an interesting topic.

Wikipedia says that risk-aversion is a preference for a sure outcome over a gamble with higher or equal expected value.

I don’t know about you, but there are two things that are certain in this world: death and change. Nothing lasts forever. Not us, not our friends or family, not our possessions, not even our troubles.

Now, the question I want you to ask yourself is this: why survive and call it living?

Just ask yourself that, try to find an adequate response, maybe even share it with me here.

I believe that we can train our brains to do more than just survive. To thrive. To be so much more.

Your potential is limited only by your imagination.

That being said, I do understand that we tend to grow complacent fast. We create comfort zones. We want to live for as long as possible. I know that I have done these things. I know that it’s easy to become addicted to comfort. The basics. The things that are almost guaranteed to happen.

But what if they somehow don’t?

One day, the things you’ve always taken for granted are gone. The sure outcome isn’t so sure.

What if you fail at playing it safe?

What then?

What if there’s no comfort to be found…

What are you going to do then?

Wouldn’t it be better to do what you’ve always wanted to do? To follow your dream wherever it may lead you?

I am not telling you to sell your house and buy Bitcoin or stuff like that. No. I am telling you to take a chance by doing what you love, by being relentless and passionate and brave and do the thing you’ve always talked yourself out of.

Because life’s sure outcome is death. No matter how you slice it. Because what’s the purpose of being alive if all you do is survive?

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4 thoughts on “Risk-averse

  1. I enjoy your commentaries and thank you for sharing them.

    I sometimes wonder if living in fear does not have something to do with it. Create an environment of fear and it kills action, free thinking and risk taking. We can end up living and dying with our dreams not materialised, our hopes crushed. The more I age, the more I hear people say “if I had known/said/done/reacted differently”, “if I had left my partner sooner”, “I feel, I have wasted too much time/wasted my life”.

    When dying, surely, we regret what we wished we had done, not what we did. Even the mistakes we make are part of the path to development towards the best person we can be, no?

    When we step out of our comfort zone or we are “brave”, we gain self-confidence, self-respect ; we feel truly alive.

    Living is a risk. Doing, loving, trusting, travelling, learning, even crossing a road is never risk-free. But not doing leads to regrets and misery. Possibly, that is the third certainty…

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