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

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

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by Ben Carson, Gregg Lewis
     
 

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No risk, pay the cost. Know risk, reap the rewards. In our risk-avoidance culture, we place a high premium on safety. We insure our vacations. We check crash tests on cars. We extend the warranties on our appliances. But by insulating ourselves from the unknown—the risks of life—we miss the great adventure of living our lives to their full potential.

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No risk, pay the cost. Know risk, reap the rewards. In our risk-avoidance culture, we place a high premium on safety. We insure our vacations. We check crash tests on cars. We extend the warranties on our appliances. But by insulating ourselves from the unknown—the risks of life—we miss the great adventure of living our lives to their full potential. Ben Carson spent his childhood as an at-risk child on the streets of Detroit, and today he takes daily risks in performing complex surgeries on the brain and the spinal cord. Now, offering inspiring personal examples, Dr. Carson invites us to embrace risk in our own lives. From a man whose life dramatically portrays the connection between great risks and greater successes, here are insights that will help you dispel your fear of risk so you can dream big, aim high, move with confidence, and reap rewards you’ve never imagined. By avoiding risk, are you also avoiding the full potential of your life? The surgery was as risky as anything Dr. Ben Carson had seen. The Bijani sisters—conjoined twins—shared part of a skull, brain tissue, and crucial blood flow. One or both of them could die during the operation. But the women wanted separate lives. And they were willing to accept the risk to reach the goal, even against the advice of their doctors … As a child on the dangerous streets of Detroit, and as a surgeon in operating theaters around the world, Dr. Ben Carson has learned all about risk—he faces it on a daily basis. Out of his perilous childhood, a world-class surgeon emerged precisely because of the risks Dr. Carson was willing to take. In his compelling new book, he examines our safety-at-all-costs culture and the meaning of risk and security in our lives. In our 21st-century world, we insulate ourselves with safety. We insure everything from vacations to cell phones. We go on low-cholesterol diets and buy low-risk mutual funds. But in the end, everyone faces risk, like the Bijani twins did with their brave decision. Even if our choices are not so dramatic or the outcome so heartbreaking, what does it mean if we back away instead of move forward? Have we so muffled our hearts and minds that we fail to reach for all that life can offer us—and all that we can offer life? Take the Risk guides the reader through an examination of risk, including: • A short review of risk-taking in history. • An assessment of the real costs and rewards of risk. • Learning how to assess and accept risks. • Understanding how risk reveals the purpose of your lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310315926
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
05/26/2009
Sold by:
Zondervan Publishing
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
28,476
File size:
723 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Carson (Think Big) retells stories from previous books, focusing on the idea of risk. As one of the world’s top pediatric neurosurgeons, Carson has a lot of experience weighing the odds---and in most cases, lives are on the line. His “Best/Worst Analysis” for any situation includes four questions: “What’s the best thing that can happen if I do this? What’s the worst thing that can happen if I do this? What’s the best thing that can happen if I don’t do it? What’s the worst thing that can happen if I don’t do it?” Carson’s decisions are also rooted in his faith, with his greatest priority being “to use the talents God has given” rather than simply to preserve his reputation. By the end, his four-question formula wears thin, however, and he uses the idea of risk to launch into apparently unrelated subjects---the creation/evolution debate, his own belief in God, sharing his faith, problems with public education and even fiscal policy (where he suggests getting rid of money altogether in lieu of handprints and retina scans). Carson can be inspiring, but this book would have been better with a tighter focus and greater depth. (Jan.) -- Publisher’s Weekly

Meet the Author

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., became the chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1984 at the age of 33, making him the youngest major division director in the hospital's history. He has written and published nine books, four of which were co-authored with Candy,  his wife of 40 years. Dr. Carson was the recipient of the 2006 Spingarn Medal. In June 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. U.S. News Media Group and Harvard's Center for Public Leadership recognized Dr. Carson as one of "America's Best Leaders" in 2008. In 2014, the Gallup Organization, in their annual survey, named Dr. Carson as one of the 10 Most Admired Men in the World.

Dr. Carson and his wife are co-founders of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. In addition, Dr. Carson is now the Honorary National Chairman of the My Faith Votes campaign and continues to work tirelessly for the cause of the American people.


Gregg Lewis is an award-winning author and coauthor of more than fifty books, including Gifted Hands, The Ben Carson Story, Take the Risk and The Big Picture.

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Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was God-sent for such a time as this both personally and professionally. I see God's hand in my life and in this world. I pray He would continue to MOVE in our hearts and lives. May we make our hearts His home as we rest in surrender in His arms of love. Thank you, Dr. Carson, for truly '...loving your fellow man, caring for your neighbor, and living a life of service by developing your God-given talents to the point that you become invaluable to the people around you.' You are His instrument and I enjoyed reading the book. He used it to feed and encourage me and I sincerely pray that He would use it to impact people's lives worldwide. He has blessed us with brains and as you have shared with us, I pray we would use it wisely and effectively. Folks, this is a must read!! It is edifying and at the same time, there is a sense of true fellowship as we hold fast our confession per Hebrews 10:19-25. Even though we may not know where we are going, God is good...I pray we would take each step by faith and not by sight in obedience (Hebrews 11:8). I am encouraged reading this book--both personally and professionally--and pray, Lord willing, you will be too! Excerpt from page 233: 'Dostoevsky was right. Without faith and values by which to weigh the answers of our B/WAs, there is no way to conduct a valid or meaningful risk analysis. For if there is no right or wrong, there can be no best or worst. That's a risk none of us should be willing to take.' Thank you and God bless.
stormsTC More than 1 year ago
"take the risk" is an exellent book. it is very hard to put down. everyone has many risks that they have to face in life and dr. ben carson has some wonderful questians in his new bestseller and shows you how you can face these new different storms in your life and come out ahead with a simple peace and a real strength. great gift idea for a friend or family member
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Ben Carson helps his readers take a fresh and balanced approach to understanding risk ¿ real risk, perceived risk, risks that we all take (and avoid) as part of normal everyday life. As enlightening as that was, I found myself being surprised as I discovered another message in the book. This surprise began as disappointment. Part way through the book I was disappointed because nearly all of the examples Dr. Carson used resulted in moving forward, following through with the action, taking the risk. I felt he was being unrealistic ¿ where were the real life examples that resulting in the considered action or risk not being taken? But as I read further I started realizing that more often than not, God is probably calling us to action, calling us to move ahead, calling us to wisely and carefully work against our cautious nature and clearly take some risks in life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is powerful in that the author not only makes a point, defends it, and brings in outside statistics for illustration, but, as in his other books, he uses his personal story to explain how he came to the conclusions he did. He writes in an informal style which is easy to read, and helps the reader further connect with what he is trying to say, and continually refers to his personal experiences and endeavors to encourage the reader to say, "You know, I can do this! I can change my life and change the world!"I found this book to be not only inspiring, but also empowering.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
overall good book, reads pretty slow though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit it - I am not much of a risk taker. So when I found the book, Take the Risk, by Ben Carson, I was intrigued to see what advice I could glean from this M.D. Dr Carson points out that life itself is a risk. We need discernment on what risks we need to do something about, and Dr Carson gives guidance with his Best/Worse Analysis questions. By using these questions as a guide, we can decide about risk based on our own life experience. The chapter Parenting Perils itself is worth the price of the book. If you are a parent concerned about where this generation of children are heading, this chapter will give you some invaluable guides as to what you need to be doing now for your kids. Take the Risk includes some fascinating stories about Dr. Carson's work with conjoined twins. Overall, it is worth a read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon who encourages his readers to use their brain in judging and analyzing risks that should be taken and those that should be stayed away from. Using powerful anecdotes from the risks he takes every day with his profession and from the high- risk life he lived as a child in Detroit, Carson helps readers see they can take healthy risks everyday that will allow them to grow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
Take advantage of the life wisdom Dr. Carson has gained. This book could encourage those who have trouble taking risks/making decisions. Dr. Carson shows one way to weigh the pros and cons-to get going with life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far so good