Does being a risk taker make a more fulfilling life? Being one myself, I had always been curious about this side of human nature particularly if being a risk taker increased happiness or did it decrease the years one gets to enjoy life?!
“Everybody dies but not everybody lives.” William Wallace
Fortunately, there is much research about risk taking. It is interesting to see who tends to be a risk taker, how they rate their level of happiness, and what you can do to be more of a risk taker in your life, business, travel, and relationships.
Who Are the Risk Takers?
There are several research studies describing likely risk takers. According to a research study done in Germany with 20,000 participants, those who tend to take more risks in life are wealthier, taller in stature, most likely male, younger in age, and more highly educated. Who Tends To Take Risks?
Are Risk Takers Happier?
The answer is what you’d expect: yes. But why? Much research has shown that risk takers are often more passionate about what they pursue and tend to steer clear of things that they consider boring. Well how about that! It makes sense because changes in life require a certain level of risk and major changes in life to pursue what one is passionate about requires a higher level of risk. So, if you have never considered yourself to be a risk taker, is there a way to change this and maybe increase your risk taking ability? 8 Reasons Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful
How To Become More Of A Risk Taker?
It’s never too late to start. Those who are risk takers take a path of either settling as they age or grow steeper in the risks they take. Take me for example. At a young age, I took a lot of risks. Truth or dare was my game. I was competitive, easily bored, and often in trouble despite my good upbringing. After falling on my face a few too many times, I decided to settle. Married, bought a house, car, dog, and ready for that American dream of working, mothering, settling. But, it never seemed to fit. Until one day, there was an opportunity to travel and do mission work on the other side of the world. Finishing my degree, it was my husband who took that quick trip 17 years ago. That’s when our lives changed. The trajectory changed. Through prayer, we realized that we wanted a risky life living overseas, helping those in desperate need, and trusting in God to sustain us.
Choosing risk in not a one time decision. When one is passionate about pursuing a goal, risky decisions have to be made repeatedly.
Within these past 16 years, we have had to choose to make risky decisions for ourselves, our food, home, transportation, livelihood, and especially choosing how to raise our kids everyday in a place that is riskier than their home nation.
YOU CAN DO IT TOO!
How does one begin to live a more risky life? By beginning to doing what’s right in your own unique way. There is a movie we like called “Yes Man.”
I don’t like every line of this movie but I do like the concept behind it. Begin saying yes and you will find yourself refreshed, happier, living a more fulfilling life. Begin saying yes to what’s right, good, loving, and be creative in your efforts to help others. Love your family in a way that’s radical. Choose to smile at work all day long and compliment those around you. Can’t smile at your work place? Then, find a job that you feel you would be more passionate about, one that you know is making a difference in the lives of others.
Lastly, love the world around you deeply. Refresh yourself by exploring, jumping off airplanes, zip-lining over forests, and take a loved one with you while you do it. One thing I’ve learned about leading Asians who have never taken risks is that taking risks in play leads to taking risks in life.
Let me know what you want to change in your life. How can you live a more risky life to pursue the things you are passionate about? Share here and don’t forget to share this blog so others can benefit too.