Experiential learning can be thought of as trial and error learning, where your aim is to maximise the number, variety and quality of trials whilst minimising the frequency and severity of errors (and learning from them when they do occur). But the risk of error, and the consequences of those errors, cannot be eliminated completely. Can you think of something, anything, that does NOT involve risk?
Everything you do involves some risk; the issue is how you manage this risk. If you ignore it, or believe it will only affect others, you will, eventually but inevitably, pay a price.
There is a big difference between the (self-) management of risk and risky behaviour. Risky behaviour occurs when you pretend risk is absent, when you underestimate risk, when you are unaware of the consequences of risk, when you don’t reckon it is a problem for you. This video is just one of many examples of this big difference. In ’tis nobler’s view, this isn’t risky behaviour – it’s managing risk:
Managing risk successfully can be exhilarating, can be fantastic, and can really make you come alive. But you don’t manage risk just by saying that you’re going to be careful or you’re going to pay attention. Successful management of risk involves effort; effortful practice, effortful preparation, effortful planning and real engagement, being ‘switched on’ rather than disconnected, being aware rather than oblivious. Even so, managing risk isn’t perfect and this means there can be consequences. Serious consequences – but you strive actively to minimise the chances of coming unstuck.
Does engaging in risky behaviour have any of these advantages when you stop to think about it? Doesn’t engaging in risky behaviour have consequences that could have been avoided if you had managed risk rather than tried to just bluff your way through it?
Risk is everywhere. Find your own way around the risks – manage them and have the time of your life.