Are You A Risk Taker Or A Rule Follower?

I have always been a natural born risk taker, it may have something to do with the way I was raised. My family always had the stance “What’s the worst that could happen”? And I live that mantra daily. Being a risk taker has its pros and cons, the pros are that I am always willing to bet on myself, always, the cons are that I have executed plans that could have been better thought out. I have also “failed” at things that if I had assessed the risk and not just been willing to take one, would have turned out better.

I was reading an article the other day that said women are natural rule followers and men are natural risk takers. This article went on to say that women applied for a promotion when they were 100% qualified and men when they are less than %60 qualified. Why is this? I had to ask myself, are we as women to careful?

Are you too careful? Do you need the stars to align perfectly before you execute? Do you put off creating your dream job until you have done every stitch of research possible before you make a move? Furthermore, do you pass up applying for positions at work because you may not have all of the qualifications?

Or, on the contrary, are you to brazen, Do you execute without the proper amount of forethought because you live, breath, and eat confidence? Do you circumvent processes because the “hustler” in you is always looking for a short cut? Are you always looking for the next come up, without the proper amount of effort?

I don’t recommend leaning too far to either ends of the spectrum, but to be truly successful, you need to have both. Risk and rules go hand in hand. You must be willing to take some risk, but it must be mitigated. You should also recognize the rules because someone attempted the task before you and realized there was a right and wrong way to go about things, and furthermore why reinvent the wheel? Too much rule following leads to groupthink, and risk overload leads to inevitable failure at some point.  Create some balance:

Slow down risk taker:

Put a time frame on a task and then execute – Take some time and weigh all of the possible options and outcomes.

Go against the grain rule follower:

Challenge the status quo – Just because someone said “this is how you do it”, doesn’t mean there isn’t more than one way to skin a cat.

Balance is key – There’s nothing wrong with being a rule follower or risk taker, but too much of either could stunt your growth or halt your success.

Are you a rule follower or a risk taker, let us know below.


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