Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk
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Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2007
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Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D.
Dr. Carson is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In 1984, he was named director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Childrens Center from which he retired in 2013. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Through his philanthropic foundation, the Carson Scholars Fund, he strives to maximize the intellectual potential of every child. Dr. Carson has written six best-selling books, including two New York Times Bestsellers, America the Beautiful and One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save Americas Future, which became a number one New York Times bestseller. He is a syndicated columnist and a highly sought-after, inspirational, and motivational speaker.
Todd Mehrkens5 Stars Out Of 5June 14, 2008Todd MehrkensDr. Ben Carson helps his readers take a fresh and balanced approach to understanding risk real risk, perceived risk, risks that we all take (and avoid) as part of normal everyday life. As enlightening as that was, I found myself being surprised as I discovered another message in the book. This surprise began as disappointment. Part way through the book I was disappointed because nearly all of the examples Dr. Carson used resulted in moving forward, following through with the action, taking the risk. I felt he was being unrealistic where were the real life examples that resulting in the considered action or risk not being taken? But as I read further I started realizing that more often than not, God is probably calling us to action, calling us to move ahead, calling us to wisely and carefully work against our cautious nature and clearly take some risks in life.
Marilynn Walton5 Stars Out Of 5June 11, 2008Marilynn WaltonI admit it - I am not much of a risk taker. So when I found the book, Take the Risk, by Ben Carson, I was intrigued to see what advice I could glean from this M.D.Dr Carson points out that life itself is a risk. We need discernment on what risks we need to do something about, and Dr Carson gives guidance with his Best/Worse Analysis questions. By using these questions as a guide, we can decide about risk based on our own life experience.The chapter Parenting Perils itself is worth the price of the book. If you are a parent concerned about where this generation of children are heading, this chapter will give you some invaluable guides as to what you need to be doing now for your kids.Take the Risk includes some fascinating stories about Dr. Carson's work with conjoined twins. Overall, it is worth a read.
Maria Marino5 Stars Out Of 5June 11, 2008Maria MarinoYou dont have to be a brain surgeon to know life is an uninterrupted sequence of guaranteed risks. Ben Carson, in Take the Risk takes his role as a neurosurgeon up a notch as he reveals how operating in sync with your gray matter will draw you toward diving into the risks that worth are taking and passing on the ones that take you on a downward spiral.He acknowledges that everything is risky. Even to resolve to do nothing can be a hazardous choice. Tied to real life stories as concrete proof, he proposes we apply what he calls Best/Worst Analysis to the options we face. Simple enough that a child can easily adopt, it asks these 4 questions: What is the BEST thing that can happen if I DO this, what is the WORST thing that can happen if I DO this, what is the BEST thing that can happen if I DONT do this, and what is the WORST thing that can happen if I DONT do this. For those more complex questions, he recommends we consider who, what, where, when, why and how in the context of the Best/Worst Analysis application. He advocates that removing our egos from the equation often leads to the best answer by replacing emotional investment with logical thinking. What works every time with this model is that it causes you to pause and think before you make your moveor choose to stay put.Take the Risk uncovers the evidence that by using your brain to bring risk factors into sharp focus, fear and foolishness drift out of the picture. The result is a vibrant illustration of an exciting life made possible by the brush of intelligent risk taking. Ben Carson makes the point that when we zoom into what defines success, we find that it involves risks taken and overcome. So get yourself into the picture, read Take the Risk, and imagine using your insight to capture your wisest decisions.
Ross Gale5 Stars Out Of 5June 5, 2008Ross GaleDr. Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon who encourages his readers to use their brain in judging and analyzing risks that should be taken and those that should be stayed away from. Using powerful anecdotes from the risks he takes every day with his profession and from the high-risk life he lived as a child in Detroit, Carson helps readers see they can take healthy risks everyday that will allow them to grow.
richard vandermeulen5 Stars Out Of 5May 22, 2008richard vandermeulenTake the Risk by Dr Ben CarsonTheres no risk to picking up this book from Dr Carson. In clear, friendly prose he takes the reader through a look at our risk-adverse culture. Every story and chapter leads into his method of assessing the risk for a situation. The best/worst case analysis becomes one of those aha moments. I really like the way he talks about integrating his faith into what he does. There are many great tools and nuggets to take away from this book. Youll reach the end and want to go right back to the beginning just to make sure you didnt miss a thing.
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