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Summary

The number-one international best-selling author of The Gray Rhino offers a bold new framework for understanding risk and how we can reexamine and reshape our relationship with uncertainty to live more productive and successful lives.

What drives a 64-year-old woman to hurl herself over Niagara Falls in a barrel? Why do young journalists risk their lives to tell the stories of strangers? Why do some people wait until the last minute to get to the airport while others get there much earlier than they need to? Why do entrepreneurs thrive in the face of uncertainty, while others cringe at the thought of leaving a stable nine-to-five job? Why are Asians more proactive in face of risk than Westerners?

Risk-takers are motivated by factors as wide and culture and values....

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©2021 Michele Wucker (P)2021 Oasis Audio

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  • chris boutte
  • 14-05-21

Amazing book on how we assess risk

It took me far too long to read Michele Wucker’s first book The Gray Rhino, but I read it when I started becoming interested in the topic of how we assess risk and wanted to read it before her newest book. I was concerned that You Are What You Risk would have a bunch of repeat information from the previous book, but I was extremely wrong. Many authors pump out books and don’t really say anything new, and it’s hard for an author to outdo their previous book, but Michele Wucker did it. I learned so much from this book, and I really loved how Michele not only discusses the science and psychology behind risk, but she also dives into practical examples of risk in the real world like how bosses can help foster a better attitude of risk in the workplace so employees can thrive. On top of that, she even touches on social issues and gets a little philosophical, which I loved.

I’m personally interested in risk because I’ve had an anxiety disorder most of my life, and even though it’s under control for the most part, I still like to be cautious while also pushing to better myself by taking risks. In this book, Wucker explains how different environmental factors can affect how we perceive risk as well as the differences between how men and women perceive risk. What I found really interesting was how Michele discusses how our different societies, races, and cultures perceive risk, and this is extremely important so we can better develop some empathy when interacting with others or potentially judging them. I can go on and on about how amazing this book was and other topics she covers like the 2008 financial crash or how she and others have to manage risk with food allergies and what we can all do to become more aware. But, I’ll end my review here so you can stop reading it and go buy this book ASAP (and get a second copy to give to a friend).