Tip of the Week
Let’s face it, everywhere you turn you’re bombarded with news about the latest startup that’s changing the world and making the founder a bazillionaire. Alongside those stories are the ones about how unhappy you are with your soulless job.
Most of you have an invention, a book, an adventure, a nonprofit, that you’ve been woolgathering for years; and it seems that the time is ripe—and the technology in place—for taking the leap.
The flip side of success, after all, is failure. And as long as we’re facing facts, these stories are everywhere, too. So much so that the New York Times Magazine last week devoted its entire content to it called The Innovation Issue.
If you’re contemplating your life and whether you’ve got what it takes to take the Big Risk, you should really peruse it. Not only does it have great sidebar stories about some pitiable inventions of yore. But the main narrative, called In Praise of Failure, is terrific historical romp through the brambles of how and why we as a people and country have come to be more risk-taking today than we were in the past.
(Fun fact: did you know that peruse actually means “to read carefully” and not to glance at?)
Back to failure and success.
Tyler Tervooren is a guy who writes about these issues through far-ranging topics that are always entertaining and insightful, and always manage to circle back to the idea of risk-as-adventure, on his website called Riskology.co.
Check out his Tedx Talk.
Tervooren defines a Riskologist as “A practitioner of smart risks who thrives in an uncertain world.”
Are you a Riskologist? Here’s his Smart Riskologist Test you can take to find out.
Full disclosure: in order to be considered a true Riskologist, the site tells you, your score must be a 70 or higher. My score came in at 67. So I’m a work in progress.