This One Tiny Insight Will Make You Embrace Risk

How to become comfortable with risky decision-making

Darren Matthews
Pragmatic Wisdom

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Embracing risk is one way to prevent feelings of regret in older age.
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It’s hard to get comfortable with taking risks.

When I started looking at decision-making, risk stood out. It was problematic, with one primary reason causing more pain than others. That said, it was the elephant in the room, as no one wanted to discuss it.

But confronting it was a necessary challenge.

Risk holds us back as we struggle with the potential downside. The fear of loss is too great for us. We would rather accept the status quo than suffer the cost of losing.

But I came to learn this was nothing more than a misjudgment. I soon discovered that a change in thinking could offset this fear. I still can’t believe more people haven’t grasped it.

It’s ironic, given what happens to us later in life.

The shocking truth about regret

An untaken risk lingers long in the memory.

It sits in your head, building a pain you can’t escape. As you grow older, regret grows with you.

But how do you shake off regret?

If you look closely, you’ll notice paradoxes everywhere. These are self-contradictory statements…

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Darren Matthews
Pragmatic Wisdom

Following my curiosity — which is decision-making — and sharing what I learn along the way