Why Risk Something Risky?

“Nip in the bud” is a skill

I guess this is the last topic I discuss for my 30 days challenge. I know, there were not full of 30 solid written pieces due to my time limits; I have to balance between other school work and stay still writing my blog, but there are always chance in the future.

ife is full of challenges, from when I was little, my dad encourages me to jump out of the table to I decided to drop my college and go to a foreign country. People often say that we shall be brave, be dare to challenge, and do what you can’t, etc. In a sense, success often arrives after one takes a risk.

However, given a topic,

“One day when you wake up, watching the news is reporting scientists have found an egg comes from the alien world, and it is proven contains highly intelligent alien creature, way more intelligent than our human race. Scientists gave two assumptions when the egg is born, it will take us to a whole new developed world with its great intelligence, on the other hand, the alien life means the end game for all human beings, it will destroy us with a Thanos-like snap.”

Shall we give it birth or we crack it in advance? (Topic inspired by the TV program: I can I BB.)

onetheless, I made a “yes or no” pool on my Instagram story with my friends. The egg got lucky, thanks to there are 80% of my friends who were very kind, and optimistic. As for me then, let’s crack it.

To be fairly realistic, the egg, in essence, it’s life risk, or maybe more than a life risk, therefore, we should never overlook the costs when challenging anything risky. I read some start-up companies stories, many were very successful, but more than many ended up badly. It is often untold how those successful companies take actions on crises in detail, but I believe companies with good risk estimation is the key to its breakthrough.

Citing one another topic can make this more clearly — Russian Roulette

Russian roulette is a lethal game of chance in which a player places a single round in a revolver, spins the cylinder, places the muzzle against his or her head, and pulls the trigger. — Wikipedia

Let’s say there are a trillion dollars on the table for one who plays Russian roulette, but will you even take a chance? I guess most of you won’t. Let’s say the egg it’s just another form of Russian roulette; then it becomes shall we point the gun to each of us. WOW, that’s too much of a risk, and indeed stupid.

My dad and I like watching “game show” when I was young, not only seeing people answering questions was very interesting, but also the prize offered by the program was seen attractive.

“A game show is a type of radio, television, or stage show in which contestants, individually or as teams, play a game which involves answering questions or solving puzzles, usually for money or prizes.” — Wikipedia

There were on many occasions a participant can achieve a high level of prize by solving questions, which brought the show to its climax. The presenter starts to confirm the candidates if he/she wants to continue. None surprisingly, a “yes” also brought to a “boo” in the end. The dream of becoming “millionaires” was eventually a bubble, and to me, the egg is just another bubble dream. Don’t even expect it will take us to a higher level civilization, and I still think We shall keep some down-to-earth attitude.

“Rome is not built in one day.”

Image from: http://the-hobbit-and-the-lord-of-the-rings.wikia.com/wiki/Smaug_The_Dragon

You may have also seen an illustration that a workman was digging up gold underground, but when there were only a few centimeters away from the gold mine, he gave up. Many people say he should have kept his persistence, and of course, we shall always keep our persistence in doing something. But I am glad to see the man gave up, what if the god mine is huge that could actually block his way out the tunnel; what if there is a dark dragon sleeps there protects its treasure; what if … The centimeter is the line, divides these two outcomes — “god, I am still breathing” and “God, so nice to see you.”

Lastly, I am not saying we should even give up on trying, and avoid anything risky. But I am saying it’s always good to get the right to direct, to choose, to abstain the manageability for things. I guess venture capital investors know this the best, the smarter they are, the less they play the risky game. Instead, they learned to obtain the control the risk, eliminate the challenge to keep their ship going. Like skydivers whose each jump is ensured by checking, checking, and checking all the equipment is ready and safe. Therefore, the challenge is exciting but not suicidal.

“Nip in the bud” is a skill.” Keep in mind.

And the egg, let’s crack it for now. Maybe when the time is ready, when there are enough efforts have been put, our civilization shall be more prosperous.

Thank you for reading, hope my poor writing didn’t bother you that much. Have a wonderful day, my friend:)



I am writing stories for Shia Tshyu, who moved to Seoul...

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