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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5 thoughts on “Risk-Averse

  1. I read something this week, it went something like this: ‘we die, and that’s the meaning of life.’ I think the idea that we are solely here to survive and reproduce is shallow and frankly nihilistic. I do think if those two things, but mainly survival, are not being adequately met, our sole focus may become those things, leaving no room for anything else. So if your survival is at serious risk, you will seek safety and place its importance above everything else, of course you would. If you want to have children, and for some reason that becomes difficult or impossible, then your mind will be preoccupied with little else, I can speak from experience on this one. I think it says more about the speaker and his state of mind, then it does about the entire human race. We are more than those two things, why would we have art, language, literature, music, religion/spirituality, philosophy, etc, etc, etc. If all our brains wanted to do was keep us alive & carry on our genes? He probably also believes our minds and bodies are separate entities – I’m guessing, but I’d ‘risk’ some coinage on it!

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  2. Simply surviving means that one hasn’t filled their life with a purpose and understanding of why we are here. Sometimes it takes an unexpected life event to get us there. Before I dealt with my grandmother’s dementia, I was in my 50’s and still questioning my reason for being on this earth. Visiting her in her nursing home I found that purpose. Once I founded bringsmilestoseniors.com I had the the answer to my why. That lead me to my blog and on to my podcast. Suddenly it wasn’t just about me anymore. It was about all the other lives that I could touch. That is when my true life began and it was no longer about just survival. Loved this post!!

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  3. Purpose is not rooted biology but it is a spiritual seed planted in the spirit of man by God. I find it optimistic when an atheist speaks of having a purpose in life because he has just cracked the door open to believe in something bigger than himself.

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