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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 Take the Risk, a book on decision-making.

Next time you’re fretting over how to proceed in a dicey situation, he suggests using a simple test called the Best/Worst Analysis.

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?

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