RISK

RISK

“Until You’re Ready To Look Foolish, You’ll Never Have The Possibility Of Being Great.”

― Cher

LET’S TALK ABOUT RISK 

To Take A Risk Is To First Make A Decision, Next Is To Take Action!

Risk Is The Ability To Let Yourself  Be Vulnerable.

To Embrace Discomfort, Anxiety, and Fear.
It Is Seeing The Potential Value And Weighing The Foreseen Benefits
With The Risk Of Not Doing Something.

 It Is The Willingness To Attempt To Create The Life You Have Imagined
And To Act On The Vision For What You Want To Create.
The Real Risk Is Not Accomplishing What You Are Capable Of. 

Taking A Page From Architecture And Architectural Thinking.
Imagine If An Architect Like Zaha Hadid Did Not Take The Risk and Study Architecture,
As An Iraqi Female, In London, In The 70’s. She Would Not Have Gone On To Be
The First Woman To Win A Pritzker Price Or To Have Designed Such Innovative, Influential Works!
Or If Mies Van Der Rohe Had Never Pushed The Possibilities Of Glass And Steel.
Or Said Yes To The Role Of The Bauhaus. 

If Architects Were Not Risk Takers  
We Would Not Have A World Of Inspiration That Touches Each And Every Ones Daily Lives. 

Tips:

  • Entrepreneurs + Architects 

  • are comfortable with ambiguity

  • embrace change

  • are okay with making educated decisions 

  • leap with wisdom

AGILITY

“The agile way is more adapt to changes but shall not lose the sight of the big picture.”

Pearl Zhu, Digital Agility: The Rocky Road from Doing Agile to Being Agile
 

As we move forward and on to a new year

 let’s free ourselves from rigidity 

and embrace agility…in our business and in our lives

what does it mean to run an Agile business?

we create a structure to organize

short-term and long-term professional visions

we design business plans

yet, the plan is not fixed

it is the structure for our intentions 

 

outlines and make action goals

That are our guidance

because they are our agile blueprint

 

That Blueprint

should be revised, revisited, retooled-often

because every success creates new opportunities 

as well as every failure

 

Tips:

Your ability to adapt and make changes rapidly will yield 70% higher success rate.

COMMITMENT 

 

“YOU HESITATE YOU DIE”

QUOTE BY, MY BROTHER while TEACHING ME TO DRIVE

OKAY THAT IS A BIT HARSH FOR RELUCTANTLY MERGING ONTO THE New Jersey State Parkway. Yet, I humorously thought of it while thinking about this weeks topic.

 COMMITMENT SEEMS TO THE BE THE DIRTY WORD OF OUR MODERN SOCIETY. 

WE DON’T COMMIT TO JOBS, PARTNERS, LOCATIONS, FRIENDS AND MOST DESTRUCTIVELY TO OUR SELVES. 

We have become a society of flacks.

How can we make a positive contribution while We are undependable. To be successful we need to start committing. 

First by committing to people. because humanity 

is a key player in successful characteristics of businesses and entrepreneurial leaders a like. 

whether in relationship to our professional partners + collaborators to our clients + customers. To acquaintances to our friends by respecting their time. 

And To ourselves. to the ideas or compelling stories that lie undeveloped.  to the positive actions not yet made, to learning new skills and to sharing our value. To being true to our word. 

Tips:

Commitment is practice the more you are committed in one area of your life. Breeds committed in the other areas.

“80 % of success in life is showing up”

SETBACKS 

“Quitting is failing on purpose”

IT is EASY TO BE CONFIDENT WHEN YOU’re WINNING AND YOUR GETTING YESES.

BUT CAN YOU BE CONFIDENT WHEN YOU EXPERIENCE, SETBACKS, Failures 

or hearing NO after NO-s?

    we all experience setbacks it’s how we let them effect us that DETERMINES OUR SUCESS. 

do we REACT BY givING up? Do we Fill ourselves with SO much SELF doubt THAt we are paralyzed to move forward? 

or do we learn form it and keep going?

    What I have learned from successful leaders and entrepreneurs is the ones who get up and keep going are the ones that succeed. 

Their confidence and ability to push forward after experience set backs is unwaived. 

People think there is some big secret or a top five list that is going to give them the answers, the quick fixes to virtually over night success. 

But the real secret is in your character, your habits and your professional practices and to simply “keep going!”

 

Tips:

The business of running a business is a marathon not a sprint. 

Characteristics to put into practice and over setbacks :

Determination - maintain outlook even in trying times

Confidence  - Doing makes your more confident

MINDSET

“I think therefore I am”

Rene Descartes

What are we spending our mental time thinking about?

can you trace the results you are getting by the thoughts your occupying your mind with?

    Practice makes perfect - if we practice our failures we will be perfect at creating them, if we doubt ourselves we will become perfectly indecisive and if we practice committing to ourselves we have a chance at being perfectly content. 

    A practice I have taken up is setting my mind at the start of the day. Its has profound effects on my productivity and the outcome of my day. 

There will always be thousands of distractions, things that set you off, experiences large and small to derail us.

Anything from bank account alerts, to client emails, or family phone calls, the dog barking, and awaiting that pending response.

All allowing our minds to go into default mode isn’t usually 

helpful to being at our best for our business!

Tips:

When our mindset shifts to its default non-productive state

……in mediation they say “simply begin again”

Before sending that email or exploding on an employee or worse a client, before pricing your work (and devaluing your contribution).

Set your mind

….in yoga they say “the way you approach one thing is the way you approach everything”