5th IB-Week – Risk-Takers – 06.08

“We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas
and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.”

“We must make plans for freedom, and not just for security, but for the sole reason that only freedom can make security secure.” – Karl Popper

Freedom and risk are closely linked. The risk exists only when there is freedom, and only the one who is free can take risks. Would it not be easier to stay in the comfort zone and not take risks? Why do we not simply lead a life with pleasant security, where everything is guaranteed, controlled, calculated, monitored, and regulated?

No one would have to take any chances. However, already in children, we can observe the desire for freedom and, therefore, the willingness to take risks. “Risk-Takers” assume a calculable risk because they know their resources. A “Risk-Taker” does nothing more, nothing less than to step out of their comfort zone in a calculated and conscious way. Of course, this proactive step needs to be practiced and learned. Taking risks provides satisfaction in life as it creates confidence in overcoming the challenges that arise in everyone’s lives.

For future leaders, it is critical to be a “Risk-Taker.” Leadership without taking calculated risks is not possible. Any situation where we leave the comfort zone proactively makes us almost automatically a leader. Awareness of your resources further helps to keep your head cool. Modern leaders see and predict new possibilities and anticipate them. They embrace their potential and try to accomplish them convincingly.

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