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Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2008

    Operated by brain power

    You don¿t have to be a brain surgeon to know life is an uninterrupted sequence of guaranteed risks. Ben Carson, in Take the Risk takes his role as a neurosurgeon up a notch as he reveals how operating in sync with your grey matter will draw you toward diving into the risks that are worth taking and passing on the ones that take you on a downward spiral. He acknowledges that everything is risky. Even to resolve to do nothing can be a hazardous choice. Tied to real life stories as concrete proof, he proposes we apply what he calls Best/Worst Analysis to the options we face. Simple enough that a child can easily adopt, it asks these 4 questions: What is the BEST thing that can happen if I DO this, what is the WORST thing that can happen if I DO this, what is the BEST thing that can happen if I DON¿T do this, and what is the WORST thing that can happen if I DON¿T do this. For those more complex questions, he recommends we consider who, what, where, when, why and how in the context of the Best/Worst Analysis application. He advocates that removing our egos from the equation often leads to the best answer by replacing emotional investment with logical thinking. What works every time with this model is that it causes you to pause and think before you make your move¿or choose to stay put. Take the Risk uncovers the evidence that by using your brain to bring risk factors into sharp focus, fear and foolishness drift out of the picture. The result is a vibrant illustration of an exciting life made possible by the brush of intelligent risk taking. Ben Carson makes the point that when we zoom into what defines success, we find that it involves risks taken and overcome. So get yourself into the picture, read Take the Risk, and imagine using your insight to capture your wisest decisions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2008

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    This book provides the reader with the necessary steps to help them make better informed decision, espcially when it comes to taking some very rsiky steps. Dr. Carson writes about the four questions that he recommends everyone to ask themselves before making a risky move and if there is a small amount of risk then take the step. It is a great book.

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