December 5

Power and Influence

Thursday’s Big Idea

The Risk Perception Gap

Despite the evolution of our risk detection systems, our brains - and sometimes because of it - we get risk wrong. 

Big Think blogger David Ropeik calls this condition The Risk Perception Gap. We are too afraid of certain things that we shouldn't be - vaccines, or nuclear radiation, or genetically modified food - while we are not sufficiently afraid of other things, like climate change, or obesity, or using our mobile phones when we drive. 

Today we look at The Risk Perception Gap as it applies to careers. While starting your own business is widely perceived as a risky endeavor, Jim Collins points out that working for a large company can be just as risky. In this scenario, the risk-averse approach is no way to plot your path for success. 

  1. 1 Working for the Man is Risky
  2. 2 Why Young People Should Think Bey...
  3. 3 Toward a More Holistic Definition...
  4. 4 Take Action: Find Your Inner Entr...
   
  1. Working for the Man is Risky

    Working for the Man is Risky

    Starting your own business creates uncertainty, but it allows you to control your destiny, says Jim Collins.

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  2. Why Young People Should Think Beyond Professional Tracks

    Why Young People Should Think Beyond Professional Tracks

    In this Summer School for the Real World feature, PayPal founder Peter Thiel says people can get locked into rigid tracks too early, preventing them from developing their interests and passions.

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  3. Toward a More Holistic Definition of "RISK"

    Toward a More Holistic Definition of "RISK"

    Presuming we can be über rational about risk denies the reality of the risks that arise because we CAN’T be.

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  4. Take Action: Find Your Inner Entrepreneur

    Take Action: Find Your Inner Entrepreneur

    Think you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? There’s only one way to find out: get started.

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