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Game Show Mechanics: Why It’s Better To Change Your Mind Often Than Stick To A Plan

When you were growing up, did you ever get this advice?

When you make a decision, stick to it. Don’t waver or change your mind. You only get what you want by committing and working hard.

You hear it when you’re a kid and thinking about quitting the baseball team. You hear it when you’re an adult trying to pick a career. Even presidents and heads of state use it to determine the course for whole countries full of people.

It’s classic leadership advice. It’s also completely wrong. At least, according to, well, math.

I shouldn’t be so harsh; it’s at least half-right: getting what you want from life does often take hard work. But the idea that making a decision and sticking to it is the way to prosperity isn’t just misinformed, it’s dead wrong.

And it can all be explained with a simple, real-life example—from a game show no less. Follow along to see how you fare.Continue Reading →

Bystander Effect: If You Need Help, You’d Better Ask For It

Picture this. You’re out hiking in the wilderness—all alone and miles from civilization. You turn a corner on the trail and come upon a young man in torn clothes, looking disheveled and a little incoherent.

You’re on your way to your campsite, but he clearly needs help. As you approach, he explains he broke his leg, he’s been in the woods for days, and that he’d appreciate it if you could carry him, even just a few meters, to help him get back to the trailhead.

What do you do? Stop and help or ignore him and keep going?

If you’re a half-decent person, I can guess you chose the first option: to stop and help. In fact, you probably even feel it your duty to do so. There’s no one around, you’re the only one who can help, and you don’t want to feel responsible for what happens if you don’t.

So, not only do you help, you probably cancel your plans and help carry the guy all the way back. You don’t even think twice about it.

Now, picture this.

You’re dressed up and walking downtown to your first day at a new job. You’re not late, but you’re hurrying to get there a little early. Everyone’s out for their morning commute just like you, and you’re weaving your way through crowds on your way to the office.

Halfway there, you see a homeless man holding a sign: “Down on my luck. Need $ for food. Anything helps.”

Do you stop to give him your change, or do you continue to work?

If you’re anything like me, you probably tell yourself as you read this that you’d stop, but the reality is you don’t. And you can probably point to many times in your life—perhaps in just the last few days if you live in a big city—when you kept going rather than stopped to help.

What you’ve fallen victim to is called the Bystander Effect, and it doesn’t just keep you—a kind and caring person—from doing the right thing, it keeps others from helping you when you’re in need. Keep reading to learn how to overcome this strange psychological phenomenon so you won’t just be prepared to help others in need, but you’ll ensure you get the help you need in trying times.Continue Reading →

How We Set A World Record: World’s Longest Yoga Chain

On Friday, July 11 at 11:15 AM, 808 Riskologists from Portland and all over the world threw their hands in the air to celebrate. We’d just broken the record for world’s longest yoga chain.

Here’s a brief recap of the event:

Yesterday, I wrote thousands of words summarizing the event, how it came together, and what it meant to myself and our community to succeed in such a feat.

Then, I threw it all away. A story like this is better told with photos and videos than words. So, below, is a short description of what we accomplished, how we did it, and why it’s important. But the photos at the bottom will tell you everything you need to know about why The Great Namaste was a fun, inspiring event for 800+ people.Continue Reading →

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