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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Taking Risk 

 October 26, 2015

By  Pascal Depuhl

Risk. Is it even worth it?

Risk” according to Warren Buffet “comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” I’m not sure if I agree with that completely, but I’m sure that knowing what you’re doing helps you minimize risk. Why risk anything? Isn’t it safer to just do what you’ve always done? If that’s your attitude, I’m afraid you’re in for a rude awakening.

The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.

Mark Zuckerberg

Risk is not only worth taking, in today’s world it’s necessary to stand our among a crowed field of competitors. Last year I spoke at a conference and spoke about why we need to dream big and take aggressive risks. To get back to Mr. Buffet, you shouldn’t take blind risks, but rather make sure that you minimize the risks you take to the best of your abilities.

This week we’re taking about why taking risks is important on “ASMP’s Strictly Business” blog. Check it out to get opinions of top photographers and how they view risk. However I’m gonna give you 4 practical ways that you can cheat risk.

Every Thursday, over the next few weeks, we’ll look at 4 way to minimize risk.

  • Redundancy
  • Insurance
  • Safety
  • Knowledge

But first we’ll look at why it’s ok to embrace a “No can do” attitude tomorrow.

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Why a “No-can-do attitude” may be the best thing ever

Ahh, the “No-can-do” attitude. It’s your best friend, when it comes to being creative. “Nope, not gonna happen” is music to my ears. “No way! You’re crazy.” I’ll eat up that attitude all day long. “No! That’s a crazy idea.” Love it!

However here’s the rub: No-can-do is great as long as it’s not your attitude, but everybody else’s attitude about your idea. They can say No to your idea as much as they want. It’s you who mustn’t say No, when it comes to your next creative challenge, your next adventure, your next big thing.

Others will say no to what you are trying to do, without giving it a second thought. Want my advice? Ignore them. (More about that in rethink who you listen to.)

You can’t afford to say No

I get it. The unknown is a scary place. Getting ready to do anything for the first time makes all of us nervous. The important thing is…

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Pascal Depuhl


Miami product photographer, video producer, cinematographer and chief mindchanger at Photography by Depuhl I love to share the knowledge I've gained over the past two decades. Catching light in motion.

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