Necessary Risk

I listened to John Varley of Barclays talking this morning about how the bank was behaving and fairing in these challenging economic times, especially given the fact that they just posted a £3b profit in their interim results.  He used an interesting phrase; he talked about the banks role in supporting businesses taking necessary risks.  I’m sure he was talking about commercial risks, but it got me thinking about how people handle other sorts of risks.  I’m not thinking about the sort you can take insurance out against, but the others that are part of building a business or a life.

We take all kinds of risks when we step away from the safety of the things that we know and those that we control.  If you think about it, that zone is pretty small for most of us, and yet most of our growth, excitement and achievement takes place beyond those limits.  If only we could go to our friendly, neighbourhood bank and get an infusion of courage or wisdom!  Most of us are (at least a bit) risk adverse, and yet it is the garden of our growth.  People talk plenty about chucking themselves down black runs or rollercoaster rides but it isn’t often I hear people talking taking these less adrenalin fuelled risks.

Maybe today is a good day for stepping outside that ole comfort zone and into the scary place where the real business is done…?

“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.”   Leo F. Buscaglia

“You have to risk going too far to discover just how far you can really go.”  T.S. Eliot

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