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Risks are important. But how do you decide which ones are worth taking and when to be more calculative.

Risks are at the end just that... risks.. with a substancial probability of failure. Mostly everyone likes to believe they take risks in their own lives.. but we all have a degree of what we consider risks.. 'calculative risks' and a degree of intuition. Like i could take risks in careers and lifestyles, but not physical risks.
What process do you use to figure when to follow your heart and when to follow your brain and how to balance the two..

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  • May 4 2011: Thank you all for your wonderful replies. The consensus here seems to be about following your heart/gut feeling/mind and even some suggesting about calculated/measured risks. I don't think anybody could argue with that.

    i have realized that what one calls risk is a very personal definition. Its the idea of stepping outside your own comfort zone. And we all, hopefully do this in our own little and big ways. The bigger the risk, the more one tends to lose in the bargain. While we all like to celebrate the vistories after the risk, we must also acknowledge the courage it takes to fail.

    Taking this further.. how do you guys deal with the failures of these risks? Yes i know its all about growth, but sure there is always some remorse too right? or maybe not.. would love to hears some personal experiences of yours..

    Thanks again for a stimulating conversation..
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      May 17 2011: I cycle at night. Recently I've been doing a lot of hands-free cycling. I don't wear a helmet or any other form of protection. I know that each time I take my hands off the handlebars I take a risk. I even do it when cycling downslope. I can't reach for my brakes in time if anything happens. But it just feels so great doing it. Last night I fell off my bike at the start of a downslope descent. I only got some minor abrasions as my bicycle hadn't picked up speed yet. If I had fallen just two seconds later after accelerating I might have fractured a bone or something. Statistically, if I were to continue cycling dangerously week after week, I'm likely to end up in a bad accident sooner or later.

      I've been thinking of backpacking alone to countries like Thailand and even Brazil. Is it safe? I'm not sure. But the lure of adventure is difficult to resist.
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        May 19 2011: Take care with that bike!

        Backpacking alone requires common sense..

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