Today, I’m really excited to announce the launch of The Riskology Lab, our own little community forum for experiments in smarter living and working. It’s up and running, and you can check it out over here and sign up for a free account over here.
To explain why I’m so excited, though, I have to tell you a little story…
The Power Of Online Communities
Many years ago at the young age of 14, little Riskologist Tyler fell in love with a yet-to-be-mainstream water sport called wakeboarding.
All day, every day, all I wanted to do was go wakeboarding. Of course, that wasn’t possible, but the next best thing was talking about wakeboarding. The only problem was I lived in a small town and not all my friends shared my enthusiasm for this thing they’d never heard of.
I realized if I wanted to get better I would have to find others who were as excited about it as I was. I couldn’t find many at home, so I used this shiny new service we’d just bought to help. It was called The Internet.
A few hours later (The Internet was pretty slow back then), I’d found an online forum filled with people who were even more excited about wakeboarding than I was. It was Heaven! I logged in every day. I made friendships, learned new techniques, and even—eventually—met up with some of them to ride when I moved to Portland.
That forum was a place I could go and feel right at home even when few people around me shared my interest. It made me feel like I was part of something big—a community that would support me and help me grow. A community where I could contribute and help others, too.
I don’t wakeboard anymore, but that forum changed my life. It showed little 14-year-old Tyler the power of the Internet and it’s ability to create meaningful communities of people spread out all over the world. People who would never find each other otherwise.
Later, in college, I was super-poor and wanted to learn how to start a small business to help me get by. Once again, I found myself without any friends who could help. And, once again, a forum of business owners helped me hone my ideas and strategies until I was making enough money to get by.
Just recently, I had a personal problem that was a bit embarrassing to talk about. Rather than quietly live with it, I turned again to The Great Googles and found a small community who shared and had overcome my problem. They coached me through it, and I stuck around to help others who showed up later.
Small online communities have shaped who I am. And ever since that 14-year-old punk kid discovered a random wakeboarding forum, I knew I wanted to create one.
Today, it’s finally here!
Introducing The Riskology Lab: Come Be A Part Of Our Community
For several months, I’ve been working on a not-so-secret project called The Riskology Lab, the new community based side of Riskology.co where Riskologists like you can build relationships with other like-minded folks and share strategies for smart life, work, and adventure.
What is it?
Right now, it’s primarily a discussion forum, similar to the ones that helped me throughout my life. But this is just the beginning. I plan to invest a lot of time and energy into The Lab, and there are many plans to improve and expand what’s possible as the community grows.
We even have a feedback forum. If there’s something you want to added, improved, or changed to better the community, leave your idea there.
Who is it for?
If you’re the type of person who dedicates yourself to becoming smarter, stronger, better, and more adventurous in your life and career, then it’s for you. If you believe in the power of smart risk-taking to make the world better, this is the place to connect with others just like you.
Why build this?
Over the last four years, Riskology.co has become one of the top places on the Internet to learn about the psychology of smart risk-taking and adventure. At the time of this writing, we have over 11,000 active email subscribers among us.
All these brilliant people are right here—every bit of knowledge and experience you could imagine in one place—yet the conversation is very one-directional. I write articles, and you respond to them. It’s time to unlock the potential of this community so it can really start changing lives.
If there’s something you want to do, there’s now a whole community who can help you. Likewise, if there’s something you want to help others achieve, you now have an audience.
The Party Has Already Started…
If you head over now, you’ll see there are already dozens of discussions happening on many topics. Psychology. Habits. Business building. Career advancement. Travel hacking. The list goes on.
The party is already started, and now all that’s missing is you. The best part is you don’t have to get dressed up for this party. Come in your sweatpants and mustard-stained t-shirt if you want; we’ll never know. All that’s required is the drive to build a sharper mind and body.
If that’s you, won’t you come and join us?