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Habit of Mind 13 (HoM)

August 20th, 2020 · No Comments


Habit of Mind 13: Taking Responsible Risks

“Willing to try something new and different; Consider doing things that are safe and sane even though new to me; Face fear of making mistakes or of coming up short and don’t let this stop me.”

There has been a calculated risk in every stage of American development—the pioneers who were not afraid of the wilderness, businessmen who were not afraid of failure, dreamers who were not afraid of action.

—Brooks Atkinson

This is a tricky but rewarding habit to engage in and learn. It is especially useful when facing a creative task, in my experience, I always feel confident that whatever I paint I can always fix and cover with more paint, therefore I feel comfortable making risky choices and push my comfort level regarding my creative expression.

However, this only helps increase confidence of the habit when facing a more serious or high risk situation. For example, trade jobs such as welding. If you are a welder then you are used to working under pressure but when it comes to designs or working with machines, especially machines that don’t belong to you and are expensive.


These types of choices require more analytical risk taking, increased responsibility and investigation.  This type of investigation allows you to face your fear with confidence.

Let’s look more deeply at this Habit by checking out a source from the book itself written by Dr. Aurthor Costa and Bena Kallick

” Risk takers seem to have an almost uncontrollable urge to go beyond established limits. They are uneasy about comfort; they live on the edge of their competence. They seem compelled to place themselves in situations in which they do not know what the outcome will be. They accept confusion, uncertainty, and the higher risks of failure as part of the normal process, and they learn to view setbacks as interesting, challenging, and growth producing. However, responsible risk takers do not behave impulsively. Their risks are educated. They draw on past knowledge, are thoughtful about consequences, and have a well-trained sense of what is appropriate. They know that all risks are not worth taking.

Risk takers can be considered in two categories: those who see the risk as a venture and those who see it as adventure. The venture part of risk taking might be described in terms of what a venture capitalist does. When a person is approached to take the risk of investing in a new business, she will look at the markets, see how well organized the ideas are, and study the economic projections. If she finally decides to take the risk, it is a well-considered one.”

Challenge yourself to take a responsible risk today, celebrate the reward it gives you and really think deeply about how it differs from your regular day choices.



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