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How climbing rocks is akin to taking calculated risks

written by: Susan Mumford Aug. 27, 2017 1) RECOMMENDED-> Susan Mumford + Chris King's Blog 750 views

How climbing rocks is akin to taking calculated risks

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You know how some things that have been said play in your mind time and time again? One such instance was a conversation between my other half Chris and myself, when he made a comment about something being a risk. 

I made a quick retort, which keeps coming to mind. The response was along the following lines: 

"Well my work life is one big calculated risk. I take them all the time. It's essential to pursue the career that I have."  

So when I found myself crawling over rocks at the English seaside, I considered how the decisions being made were, on a micro level, an analogy for taking calculated risks in professional life. 

There was a bright yellow sign reading, 'CAUTION,' so any rock-climbing undertaken was at my own risk. 
(Think: You take a bank loan and it comes with Terms & Conditions. You proceed anyway, at your own risk.) 

Upon climbing onto the rocks, I was immediately aware of the black sandals not having any grip to speak of. While it was possible to climb a couple of rocks, the goal was to stand atop one of them. 

In order to not fall down and hurt myself, I took off the sandals. 
(Think: You want to transport a work of art, yet know that it's set to get damaged if you don't protect it. While you might be willing to move it across the studio, you wrap it up prior to moving it to a different location altogether.) 

Success! In my bare feet, it was a cinch to grip the rock and stand atop like a champion.
(Think: that work of art you've moved gets displayed in an exhibition.) 

While insurance exists to protect your business if the worst happens, the terms of a policy include you accepting to put protective provisions in place. For instance, every art insurance policy I've seen states that works of art left on the floor will not be covered. This is fair enough, as a work of art on the floor (including those leaning against a wall) are liable to damage by flooding or spillage. 

The take-away? Be willing to take risks, providing that they're calculated in your favour, and with the acknowledgement that sometimes, things don't go as planned. 

After all, I still could've toppled over onto the unforgiving rocks. The decision to proceed was based on being in good health with a strong sense of balance, with nothing in view to throw me off kilter.  

Related blog posts: 

Does your art business require risk-taking? Measure, minimise and open creativity channels

Do you ever gamble? 

Pay attention to gut instinct
 

In art, as in life - nothing ventured, nothing gained


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