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Photographer: Addeana Husaini

I was having coffee with a friend the other day and as both he and I are starting businesses, the topic turned to taking risks. At the time I had to think hard about my opinion on the matter. So I thought I would share my discussion with you today – along with my favourite pastel maxi dress.

I don’t have any sound clichés or fist-pump worthy words of inspiration. I can only tell you what has helped me to take more risks in my life.

My view on risk changed only when my view on mistakes changed. I have always been someone who was terrified of making a mistake – because I was guilty of a whole lot of beating up on myself when I got it wrong.

But this worry kept me in a quiet space of immobility. A lack of mistakes leads to a very stunted life. If you have never experienced a monumental f**k up that has forced you face to face with your own ego, then you have not yet experienced true growth.

So my opinion on the matter was this. Forget about the risk for now. Focus on seeking the value and education in all of your mistakes. When you do this, risk becomes an illusion and a win-win. Either you succeed, or you get smarter. And these are two of my very favourite things.

I always remember that nothing that is meant for me can miss me. This helps me to see that some of my irreversible mistakes, happened for a reason. It fosters a little self-forgiveness.

On a more stylish note, what’s not a risk, is a plunging neckline on a small bust this summer. There has to be a benefit to a chest that is barely there and it is this…getting to wear low-cut maxi’s without looking like a street-walker or causing a fender bender.

Have a great week.

Dress – Forever New    Sliders – ASOS

Much love xx

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Hi, I’m Katie. I am a kiwi neuroscientist with a love for consuming and creating content. This site is where I share my personal thoughts and the thoughts of incredible minds from around the world. PhD in Neuroscience, University of Otago.

11 thoughts on “RISK

  1. You look amazing Katie, what a lovely dress and you are incredibly beautiful. I think there is like a risk/reward/cost balance that must be considered. Something high risk may yield a higher reward if it pays off, but it could cost a lot if it doesn’t work out. As you point out, it is all a learning experience, and that is the most valuable thing to take from a gamble. Have a great day!

    1. Hi Aaron! Thank you for your compliments on both this post, and Cake and Tequila. And thank you for such a thoughtful comment. I completely agree with you about the risk/ reward /cost balance – such a good way of looking at it xo

  2. Totally with you on the whole ‘beating yourself up over a mistake’ – this is one of this year’s resolutions that I’ve tried to get better at not doing. Unfortunately not been that successful yet. But it sounds like you’re going to have an amazing time no matter what happens.

    Nothing in life worth having is ever usually easy to get, but I love your ‘nothing in life that in meant for me will miss me’ – a really beautiful line!

    Plus, that maxi is gorgeous!

    Em | Hmm maybe…

    1. That has been the hardest thing for me too Em – learning to not be so rough on myself when it all goes pear-shaped. I get up every morning and whilst in the shower I remind myself to be my own best friend that day. Hope this helps you XXX

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