We can never remove 100% of the risk in a situation.
And realistically, why would we want to?
Risk is a funny thing.
One the one hand, we often want to avoid it at all costs when we’re making decisions that could impact others (and ourselves).
On the other hand, we know how important it is to take risks; innovation and the status quo definitely don’t mix.
But, here’s the thing: If we know that it is important to take risks in order to innovate, and if we know that we can’t really avoid risks in life, then we need to get in the habit of thinking, “Why should I even want to avoid this risk?”
Sure, in some cases, it is easy to think of why some risks should be avoided. Risks that do outright harm to others are definitely ones to stay away from.
But, since we don’t always know what is going to happen, and since we can’t predict whether a risk is simply just a veiled opportunity, in the majority of cases we should invite risk in happily.
After all, what better way to spur on innovation than to walk a path in which we don’t yet know the destination.