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Right Risk: 10 Powerful Principles for Taking Giant Leaps with Your Life Paperback – June 5, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
Teamwork and leadership consultant Treasurer-formerly known as the fire-diving stuntman Captain Inferno-here encourages readers to take risks calculated to catapult them out of the lukewarm safety of mediocrity and into "an intimate encounter with the magnificence of their own souls." Treasurer chooses intriguing anecdotes, often from his seven years as a member of the U.S. High Diving Team (which is where he first leapt from a diving board, engulfed in flames, and plunged into a pool 100 feet below) to illustrate how to take good risks. "When we don't take risks," Treasurer says, "we get stuck in a rut of safety. Over time, we become trapped inside our own life, like a pearl confined to its shell." He offers 10 principles to encourage such healthy risks, from "finding your golden silence" (becoming attuned to your needs and identifing intelligent risks) to "exposing yourself" emotionally (embracing honesty and avoiding the build-up of resentments). His clear, colloquial chapters encourage readers to overcome inertia, write "risk scripts" and turn fear into a positive force. Admonitions to go ahead and be imperfect and embrace the possibilities inherent in risks-whether they're professional or personal-should spark many readers to vow to live more deliberately, energetically and authentically, and the questions Treasurer poses to readers at each chapter's conclusion are helpful tools for self-guidance.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Right Risk gives a compelling and practical analysis of how both wisdom and courage are needed and flow from the integrity of following a principle-centered internal compass.
—Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Right Risk is truly a book for our times. Treasurer has provided ten principles for taking the risk of living a more courageous, more fulfilling, and ultimately more relevant life. Bravo.
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One Minute Manager® and Whale Done!
To live is to risk and to risk is to live. Former professional diver Bill Treasurer’s book offers a captivating read and sound advice for wisely embracing risk in your life. I recommend that you dive right in and read Right Risk at your earliest opportunity.
—Charles C. Manz, author of The Power of Failure and Emotional Discipline: The Power to Choose How You Feel
Get ready for a big return on your investment. Bill Treasurer is the right teacher, for the right time, to help us get it right about Right Risk-taking. . . .he has captured the right insights about risk-taking that we can all understand and apply to our own lives.
—Larry Wilson, founder of the Wilson Learning Group and The Pecos River Learning Centers, author of Play to Win
How we handle risk is a key to so much else in our lives. Whether we do so in a way that is reckless or far-sighted, timid or courageous, selfish or altruistic, will play a central role in our own successes and failures—as well as strongly affecting the lives of others. In particular, which risks we choose to take and which to avoid, can be of crucial importance. Bill Treasurer tackles the practice of risk-taking head on in a book bristling with enthralling anecdotes, intriguing information, and, most importantly, practical advice. Don’t pick up this book unless you have a couple of hours to spare—because once you start to read, you will be unable to put it down. And when you have finished, you will have gained important insights that will be of real use in your daily life. Right Risk is right on.
—Michael J. Apter, Ph.D., author of The Dangerous Edge, and Director, Apter International, Inc.
I don’t know anyone who lives a risk-free life so I can’t think of anyone who would not find immediate value in this superb book on the truths and myths of positive risk-taking. Bill Treasurer uses his high-diving youth and life as an executive coach and transforms it into a hundred-foot-high plat- form of wisdom for us all.
—John Shuster, author, Answering Your Call
Right Risk is right on. This wonderful book captured my total attention on the first page. I read it in one sitting and ordered copies for my friends. A great read written by a risk- taking, humble man.
—Charlie Eitel, Chairman & CEO, The Simmons Company
Right Risk provides the first practical approach to making the most of one’s self through not allowing yourself to become paralyzed by self-doubt and fear of failure. Treasurer not only speaks from real experience, but also shares the important successful risk-taking experiences of others that he encountered in business, in sport, and in his personal life!
—Bob Carr, President of Executive Adventure
Bill shows us that risk-taking is a skill, an important tool that, used correctly, will guide you toward living . . . not just existing. Even if you’re not facing a risk at this moment, Right Risk can be a valuable weapon to be stored for the future . . . if you think you will not face risks in your future, then you need this book more than anyone.
—Dustin Webster, 7 time World Cliff Diving Champion, Acapulco Cliff Diving Champion, RedBull Pro Athlete, and now . . . Right Risker
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"Take Risks- if you win, you'll be happy; if you loose- you'll be wise". Why is it important to talk about and bring an awareness about risk taking?
If you think about it a little, you'll realize risk taking and learning are two tightly coupled principles. As kids, we take so many risks- as babies we try to roll over, sit up and stand, walk, talk and learn languages- so many good things-- but along with the good things like walking and talking- we also learn to stay on-guard- we learn that we can fall if we walk too fast, or miss a step. So as we enter adult-hood we learn the fail-safe approaches, we forget the importance of risk taking & more often than not- we play it too safe.
Risk-taking is as essential to life as breathing. It is the oxygen of such things as innovation, leadership, wealth creation, and high adventure. Without risk, there can be no scientific progress, economic expansion, or community activism. At a more personal level, remove risk and there is no personal growth, or career advancement. Personally and collectively, all progress, advancement, and momentum depend on risk.
Taking risks is the surest way to get from where you are to where you want to be. To risk is to live a life of full potential.
In the next 5 minutes, I intend to give you a gist of "The Right Risk" - Its a beautifully written book by Bill Treasurer. It encompasses a set of risk-taking principles that aim to balance caution with courage, sensibility with spiritedness.
As we progress to the rest of the talk, Think about the most fulfilling times in your life— the times you felt most alive— these undoubtedly been when you surprised yourself by doing something you never imagined you could, something hard, something scary. Lets take a moment, and reflect on 2 things:
- the greatest risk you've ever taken?
- the risk you've always wanted to take but have been tooo afraid to do so
let it be anything- resigning a job, buying a car- buying a house, getting married?? ((or may be having kids?))
The Hallmarks of Right Risk
There are 4 principles to recognizing a right risk: Passion, Purpose, Principle & Prerogative.
If your risk is something that arouses your spirit (passion), if the risk will help you progress to some higher order goal (purpose), if it is anchored to deeply rooted values(principles), and if you will be deciding to pursue the risk of your own free-will (prerogative), the chances are, it is a Right Risk.
Right risks are risks we care about intensely. These risks arouse the strongest, most untamed parts of our nature, and stirring up the wild mustangs in our soul. Our passion gives us the raw energy and wherewithal. Purpose serves to harness the wild horses of our passion and give them direction. They stand for something beyond sensory or ego gratification. Principles form a set of essential and virtuous criteria against which the risk can be judged-- they include, truth, justice, independence, freedom, mercy, compassion, and responsibility. Prerogative gives us the power to choose- the privilege and honor to excercise free will.
3 steps to risk taking:
A) Readying for the risk
1) Find Your Golden Silence-- Become reacquainted with yourself
When you persist in silence and allow the discomfort to dissipate— which it eventually will— you wind down the commotion of your inner world and gain peace and clarity. From this posture, with your worries disarmed, your decision-making is more precise and your attitude more confident. Through silence you begin to “know thyself” and come to recognize, trust, and value the wisdom that resides inside you.
2) Defy Inertia-- break out of the mold
Samuel Johnson once said “The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”
3) Write Your Risk Scripts/Mantras-- plan how you will overcome your fears to pursue worthy risks
We all run on a set of scripts written during our childhood & from the past experiences. Let go of the scripts your Parents have created for you, let go of the Echoes from the Past. Start fresh & Build on your own scripts. Follow the KISS approach: Keep it short & simple. A simple mantra like "calm, cool, confidant" can go a long way.
4) Turn On the Risk Pressure-- build emotional incentives to change.
To turn on your risk pressure means to create purposeful anxiety - Moderate stress always keeps you motivated. Know your pressure points.
B) Relish the moment
Of the long procession of risks we take, only a handful of risks are truly destiny-changing. These are moments that, once passed, make up life’s reminiscence. Relish these giant leap moments, as you are taking them, instead of longing for them once they’ve gone.
5) Put Yourself on the Line-- put yourself where you have to perform
Invest yourself in the risk.
6) Make Your Fear Work for You-- when fear is properly contained, it can be converted into excitement, making your risk more enjoyable.
7) Have the Courage to Be Courageous- develop your courage
When you talk about risk, you have to talk about fear, but courage cannot exist without fear. We fear high places. We fear loss, failure, success, rejection, embarrassment, commitment, intimacy. We fear the unknown. And, of course, we fear fear.
But the truth about fear is that we need it. Fear is the primary warning system that alerts us to danger. In threatening situations, fear jacks up our heartbeat and stimulates our senses to keep us from getting hurt. In well-proportioned measures, it can sharpen your focus, quicken your reflexes, enhance your performance, and even add to your excitement and enjoyment of the risk. So make your fear work for you- and have the courage to be courageous.
C) Commit to the risk
8) Be Perfectly Imperfect- accept your flaws
We are continually seeing perfectionistic behaviours & the want to be in control. Perfectionism: the perfect killjoy. Its okay to be flawed. There is value in mistakes and beauty in imperfection. Its better to have taken the right risk & learn from the mistake- than avoiding it.
9) Trespass Continuously-- break through nominal boundaries
Okay... You Must Obey! but, Don't bow out of fear or convenience, if the risk is within a reasonable judgement of principles and prerogative.
Copernicus, Galileo, and Darwin defied the superstitions of the church; Nelson Mandela defied South Africa’s racist laws of apartheid; Indeed, America herself was founded on acts of defiance.
10) Expose yourself-- show your true colors to others by risking self-disclosure.
One of the main reasons we avoid exposing ourselves is fear of intimacy. When we reveal ourselves to someone else, we stand a real chance of deepening our relationship, and, therefore, becoming more intimate with each other. Be authentic!
So, Those are the 10 principles-- that sums up The Right Risk. William Shakespeare once said “Our doubts are traitors, And makes us lose the good we oft might win By fearing to attempt.”
While many books talk about fear and overcoming it, this one is special in that it does a better job than usual in explaining why some seek out dangerous risks and others avoid minor risks that could be life-transforming. I particularly liked Mr. Treasurer's argument that in a world where people primarily evaluate themselves and others by externals we become obsessed with one-upping ourselves and others for the temporary "high" that brings. Trouble is . . . we then need to do it again. Why not evaluate oneself by inner measures instead such as operating
with integrity in terms of one's values? It can be a lot more frightening to do that than to jump from the top of a tall platform while burning!
The book suggests ten principles and their related practices for taking the right risk: Become reacquainted with yourself (find your golden silence); break out of the mold (defy inertia); plan how you will overcome your fears to pursue worthy risks (write your risk scripts; build emotional incentives to change (turn on the risk pressure); put yourself where you have to perform (put yourself on the line); use your fear to help (make your fear work for you); develop your courage (have the courage to be courageous); accept your flaws (be perfectly imperfect); break through nominal boundaries (trespass continuously); and show your true colors to others (expose yourself).
Each principle has its own chapter along with riveting questions to help you focus on what you need to do.
I was especially impressed by the life scripts that most people use to define what they can and cannot do. I'm sure that Mr. Treasurer makes good use of these scripts to help his coaching clients.
Like the best self-help books, Mr. Treasurer is very candid about his own limitations. He makes important revelations about how he has struggled in relationships and in living with his beliefs in other areas that will help empower you to see how difficult it is to raise up and address these issues.
Bill Treasurer says that you can create your best life - a life full and rich, that's high on rewards and low on regrets - by developing a solid framework for risk. And he should know, because he was a seven-year member of the U.S. High Diving Team and made over 1,500 giant leaps from 100 feet up - often fire-diving as "Captain Inferno" into shallow waters far below.
I interviewed Bill Treasurer on "The Inside Success Show" and was moved by his authenticity and genuineness. I see risk taking and risk avoidance in a new light. Blind Faith has new eyes!
Here are some other things I learned.
** How Bill Treasurer overcame is extreme fear of heights to jump into shallow water from 100 feet, while on fire.
** Why you need learn which risks are right for you and how to use the 4 P's to discover them
** How you can completely overcome your fears by risk scripting
** What risks you must not take if you want to stay alive
** Why risk takers earn far more money than risk avoiders
Taking risks is essential to growing personally and professionally and if you are ready to authentically live your purpose in life, and enjoy authentic abundance, then get this book and pay attention to this "on fire" man who reveals the secrets to successful risk taking.
Randy (Dr. Proactive) Gilbert, Host of The Inside Success Show (TheInsideSuccessShow.com) and best-selling author of "Success Bound"