Risk taking is, for better words, a risky business, albeit a necessary factor in successful decision making.

Use these 5 P’s to help guide you on your path towards choosing the RIGHT risks to take.

PASSION: By arousing 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 to suffer through the anguishing moments that often accompany right risk.

PURPOSE: Purpose serves to harness our passions and give them direction. Ask, “How will this risk make me a more complete person? How will this risk further my life’s purpose? How will it help me get to where I want to go?”

PRINCIPLE: Right Risks are governed by a set of values that are both essential and virtuous. As mentioned, risks are essentially decisions, and when facing a decision of consequences, principles form a set of criteria against which the risk can be judged.

PREROGATIVE: Right-risk takers view the power to choose as a privilege, and then honor it as such. By consistently making choices at a conscious level, they are better able to make superior judgment calls at an instinctual level — in fast-moving situations.

PROFIT: A Right Risk should come with a real potential for gain. Risks are, well, risky. And in exchange for assuming the potential risk of hardship, you are entitled to some real and unequivocal upside Notice, however, that Profit is the fifth “P”. It’s the criteria that should be assessed last.


Downside & probability: What could go wrong and how likely is it that it will?

Upside & probability: What could go right and how likely is it that it will?

Controllable & uncontrollable factors: What important factors can you control? What important factors are beyond your control?

Reversibility: If you make a decision and it starts to go bad, how reversible is it?

Contingency plans: What plans can you put in place upfront so you can act quickly if the decision goes south?

Early indicators: What are some early “red flag” indicators that the decision needs to be reconsidered?


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About Bill Treasurer

Bill Treasurer is Chief Encouragement Officer of Giant Leap Consulting, a courage-building company. For over two decades, Treasurer has worked with thousands of leaders across the globe, strengthening their leadership influence. Bill is the author of best-selling books Courage Goes To Work and A Leadership Kick in the Ass. He is also the author of Leaders Open Doors, the royalties of which are being donated to programs that support children with special needs. » Learn More

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