How to take risks in life | Sayak Boral | Skillshare
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9 Lessons (1h 34m)
    • 1. How to take Risks in Life - an Introduction

    • 2. The Nature of Risk

    • 3. Leaving the Comfort Zone

    • 4. Blind Risks vs Calculated Risks

    • 5. Step 1 - First Raise the Stakes

    • 6. Step 2 - Brace for Impact: Protect yourself in the event of a Crash

    • 7. Step 3 - Go for the Finish

    • 8. How to Manage Financial Risks

    • 9. How to Convince Others to take a Risk on You


About This Class

I am a marketer for technology firms and a personal development coach.  

In this course, I’ll walk you down through a unique step by step journey where you will be able to groom yourself for better risk-taking. All things being equal, the ability to take calculated risks in each and every endeavor of life, eventually spells the difference between winners and losers, doers and talkers, the haves and the have-nots! 

Some of the learning outcomes to be gained from this course include: 1) Developing an entrepreneurial mindset 2) Growing out of your comfort zone in order to explore your bravest ideas 3) Getting rid of your inherent fears and the habit of second guessing 4) Stopping procrastination, once and for all.

There are no strict categorizations, per se, but the flow of the lessons progress from Beginner's to Intermediate and Advanced levels. It would be real helpful to follow the tutorials sequentially to gain maximum benefit out of this course. Also, there are a few simple exercises for you in the Project section to apply the lessons learned.


L1 - An introduction to risk-taking: This lesson gives a brief overview of what this entire course is all about. The Universe loves risk-takers. So, when you listen to your gut instincts and take bold steps forward, you successfully align yourself with the flow of the Universe. 

L2 - The nature of risk: This lesson goes into the heart of the matter: what risks are all about. It starts with a simple discussion on self-confidence and how deeply is it connected to important risks. Most of us agree that growing our self-confidence is necessary but all the negative self-talk we have been accumulating in our brains due to primal fears, stands as a stubborn obstacle. I will teach you a very simple analogy so that you can destroy those primal fears for good. 

L3 - Leaving the Comfort Zone: There is no doubt in anyone's mind that staying in the comfort zone is the biggest enemy of risk-takers. This tutorial will help you erase any lethargy that prevents you from making efforts in the right direction. The Reptilian brain (described simply as the "dinosaur" in the tutorial) traps you in the comfort zone by creating unnecessary fears which have no basis in reality. It's time your adult (human) brain took over the reins. Analysis paralysis is the last thing you need. 

L4 - Blind Risks vs. Calculated Risks: The very word "risk" can have negative connotations as many people associate the term with a mad dash attempt at glory, devoid of practical consequences. Nothing could be further from the truth. In this tutorial, you will learn the exact technique to separate calculated risks from blind risks, and take informed decisions based on facts and new visions. 


L5 - Step 1: First, Raise the Stakes: This tutorial is the first step in helping you build a conquering mindset which attracts positive vibes and start creating circumstances which are conducive to risk-taking. By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to apply a healthy amount of risk in everything that you do.

L6 - Step 2: Brace for Impact: Protect yourself in the event of a crash: Failures are  the stepping stones to success. It's not very comforting though when your pursuits lead to a dead-end. How do you keep yourself positive when you've hit the rock-bottom? Or is there even a concept like that? Rock-bottom is really a state of mind. By preparing for unsavory situations, you will bounce back as quickly.

L7 - Step 3: Go for the Finish:

This is the last step that helps you develop a Winner's mindset so essential to risk-takers. Executing the risks you undertook methodically requires a steely determination and a positive vibe. By the end of this tutorial, you will essentially learn where to look for inspiration in order to whet your appetite for success.


L8 - How to manage Financial Risks: Money matters. In this advanced tutorial, you will learn how to apply the previous lessons to the financial domain. The aim is to help you create a mindset with some successful strategies borne out of personal stories. You will never look at money the same way again! 

L9 - How to convince others to take a risk on you: We're all surrounded by naysayer's and doubters. Unfortunately, they may also be your partners, friends and family members. People whose involvement you need in your plans. So, they aren't really convinced? This tutorial will help you bring them on-board with your risk-taking enterprise. 



Q1. What is the whole purpose of this course?

Ans: This course is a brazen yet sincere attempt at quantifying the exact techniques you need to succeed with any worthwhile risks in your personal and professional lives.

Q2. Who is the intended audience?

Ans: As mentioned in Lesson-1, I originally wanted to create a course on risk-taking for business executives i.e. sales and marketing professionals. They are the audience I’m mostly familiar with. Having prudently observed their work dynamic all these years, I came to the defining conclusion that most failed deal closures could be eventually traced back to someone’s risk aversion. Think about it. All those weeks and months of hard work in vain just because the fear of uncertainty suddenly started outweighing the potential positive outcomes. I was motivated to create a course to help business executives take the next leap forward in crucial moments, by getting in tune with their inner risk-taking ability.

As I started creating the course materials, I came to the realization that the contents would equally benefit almost anyone with an open mind and a deep sense of introspection. Even if you’re a scientist, engineer, educator or student, you have to tackle risks and uncertainties in your own ways. That is why I have broadened the scope of this course to cover people of all ages and backgrounds.

Q3. What risks have you personally taken in your life to qualify you as an authority on this subject?

Ans: This is the whole point of this course. You don’t really have to be a skydiver (although I’d genuinely love to learn that skill one day because I have a tremendous fascination with heights) or a Marvel comics superhero to qualify as a risk-taker. I’m referring to basic risk-taking abilities which are innate in all human beings. More on this in Lesson 2.

I do enjoy the thrill, high’s and lows of a risky enterprise and have directly taken a lot of risks myself. Some paid off really well. Some didn’t. I have been diagnosed as an “adventurous personality type” in the Myers-Briggs test. I do enjoy travelling abroad, and have a strong aversion to conformity. But, really, my personality type is irrelevant to the discussion.

What I have extensively argued in this course is that risk-taking is not the exclusive domain of certain “personality types”. For some people, the very definition of risk carries negative connotations associated with gamblers, hustlers and stuntmen. This is not what we’re aiming at. Our individual experiences and requirements shape our essential need for risks that can be applicable to our everyday lives. As I just said, not all of us desire to be skydivers.

Q4. What external sources you referred to design this course?

Ans: Though not directly mentioned in this course, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics has been a strong influence in Lesson-4 where I clearly delineate the boundaries between calculated and blind risks. In his famous classic, Aristotle has provided guidance on tackling any decision in life by referring to what is known as the Golden mean, an abstract idea that helps you understand the fine differences between the excessive and the inadequate.

Applied to our course, the Golden mean would suggest that a person who tends to avoid any risks, would greatly benefit by expanding their comfort zone. At the same time, someone who takes way too many risks, perhaps, needs to slow down a bit and wait for a clearer perspective to emerge.

I also had to study Sigmund Freud who in his psychoanalytic theories, covered a lot of ground on death drive, a self-destructive instinct common in human beings. This mainly refers to a personality type which is obsessed and consumed with risky acts of daredevilry. Throughout my course, I have attempted to clearly separate our discussions from such ideas.

Q5. What makes you so sure that your methods on risk-taking will work for me?

Ans: I truly believe that all human beings have seemingly infinite capabilities in taking measured risks to better their lives. This is something deeply embedded in the human DNA, a point that has been settled from an evolutionary perspective. See Lesson-3.

This course has a personal touch and will resonate deeply with all learners. I have weaved in a number of allegories and code words to drive home the central message. For instance, marshmallows in Lesson-1, dinosaurs in Lesson-3, fighter pilots in Lesson-6, and examples of great risk-takers from history such as Don Quixote in Lesson-4 (that’s fictitious, and for comical effect in this course!) and Alexander the Great. Wherever applicable, I have brought in real life anecdotes and my own personal stories.

Q6. I am risk-averse, and always like to play it safe. Is this course really for me?

Ans: What could be wrong is your definition of risk. I’m here to challenge your thinking. The simple fact that you learned to crawl, walk, jump and speak words as a toddler means you took risks at some point of time in your life. You’re more risk capable than you like to give yourself credit for.

It’s time to shatter a few myths you hold about yourself.






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Sayak Boral

Your mentor on risk-taking.

Hello. I am Sayak Boral. My first name means "Arrow" in Sanskrit symbolizing direction, force, movement, power and direction of travel.

I am a media communications professional and avid traveller having been to many countries.

I have a course on managing risks in life. Taking risks is deeply encoded into the human DNA. My vision is helping people get in touch with their inner Mojo and pursue excellence in whatever brings them happiness.

Visit my website www.sayakboral.c...

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