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Rx for a nation of cowards

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Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon in the Johns Hopkins medical system, doesn’t think much about risk when he’s at work in the operating room.

“You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks,” says the author of a book on decision-making called Take the Risk.

Carson warns that our obsession with security is turning us into a “nation of yellow-bellies.” Instead of fretting, he suggests using a simple test called the Best/Worst Analysis to gauge how you want to proceed.

Ask yourself these questions:
  • What’s the best thing that can happen if I do it?
  • What’s the worst thing that can happen if I do it?
  • What’s the best thing that can happen if I don’t do it?
  • What’s the worst that can happen if I don’t do it?
Even in life-or-death decisions, no worries. We’re all going to kick the bucket someday. “Don’t focus on how you might die,” Carson says, “but consider how you should live.”

—Adapted from “A year of living dangerously,” Hope Katz Gibbs, The Costco Connection.

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