Life and death lessons
Man has evolved through tens of thousands of year, through adversity and against all the odds. This has meant that through the ages only the most able physically and mentally survived long enough to reproduce… and here we are now!
Throughout history, we have had to take risks to get enough food to stay alive, be it hunting large mammals or picking food we did not know. There has been a lot of life and death lessons that humans had to learn during that time.
We have a negativity bias against risk
Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson sums up this “negativity bias” nicely:
“To keep our ancestors alive, Mother Nature evolved a brain that routinely tricked them into making three mistakes: overestimating threats, underestimating opportunities, and underestimating resources (for dealing with threats and fulfilling opportunities).”
What does that mean? Basically that sometimes our inner defence mechanisms make us miss opportunities in this day and age. We often over estimate how difficult something will be, or how good we can be at it! In today’s world, we do not often have many life and death situations but this mechanism still kicks in and stops us from taking advantage of risky but worthwhile opportunities.
Why it’s time to take a risk- in 2 quotes
Draw your own conclusions from those powerful quotes:
“All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it’s impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively.” – Machiavelli
“Uncertainty and the prospect of failure can be very scary noises in the shadows. Most people will choose unhappiness over uncertainty.”
Would you choose unhappiness over taking a calculated risk to gain happiness? Take a chance in your life, calculate the risks of course, but don’t let over analysis lead to paralysis. We only live once, better make it a fun life.