They say “no pain, no gain.” But how true is this statement in the context of our professional lives? Do risk-takers really fare better than the risk averse?

Check out: Why Risk-Takers Do Better in Business and in Life






  • decline – politely refuse (an invitation or offer)
  • cushy – (of a job or situation) undemanding, easy, or secure
  • perch – (of a bird) alight or rest on something
  • mettle – a person’s ability to cope well with difficulties; spirit and resilience
  • fade – gradually grow faint and disappear
  • deliberate – done consciously and intentionally
  • fumble – do or handle something clumsily


Think about it

 Answer the questions below.

  • What according to Jason Hanold says a lot about your overall success in business and life?
  • What cannot you gain through loyalty?
  • What can the technology you use show others about your attitute to risk?
  • How do risk-averse people tend to describe themselves?
  • Do people in general take much interest in what you do ?


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words. Use ONE word per blank space.

You ________ asked to speak at an event, but you hate ________ in front of crowds. Do you make ________ an excuse and politely decline, or recognize there’s a reason behind the invitation, ________ to the occasion, and start thinking about how you’ll prepare? How you respond says a ________ about your overall success in business and life. That’s according to Jason Hanold, CEO of greater-Chicago-based executive search firm Hanold Associates. As someone who finds and counsels HR leaders for companies such ________ Amazon and Nike, Hanold says there are several key differences between people who are risk-averse and those who have a higher tolerance for ________ chances.


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