Risk Taking is a Process

Source: Fast Company, Feb 2016

Despite their stereotype as impulsive and reckless, Sukel says that successful risk takers are planners and typically map out the steps they need to take to achieve their goals. It’s not that they’re taking enormous chances that could jeopardize their lives and livelihoods with no preparation. Instead, they’re successful because they’ve taken myriad small risks and been successful. They’re process-oriented, testing their skills and approaches to ensure they achieve the long-term goal, she says.


And during all of that practice and while taking those smaller chances, successful risk takers notice what they’re doing wrong and correct their mistakes—and they learn to let them go. Sukel says that a risk taker told her, “I don’t fail. I’m just not done yet.” That message was revelatory for the author.


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