On strength and risk

Question 1: Sir, if I say that facing a person is my strength, how would you justify it?

Acharya Prashant: Why should I justify it?

Remember one thing.

Nothing outside you can ever be your strength. Something outside of me can be a crutch. Do you understand a crutch? A support – a support helps for sometime, but ultimately it is the strength of your own legs that carries you forward. So your strength is what you are.

I repeat that. Anything outside of you, be it your parent or anybody else, cannot be your strength.

Question 2: I think that I have an ability to take risks. I don’t think much before taking any challenges. Is it good for me and my future or can it land me into trouble?

AP: What do you mean by risk taking?

Risk is defined as variability in outcome. Risk is, ‘I may succeed, I may not succeed.’ What if I am not at all thinking about success and failure? Is there any risk then? Risk is only when I am bothered about success and failure, only then there is a risk, otherwise there is no risk.

I say there is an eighty percent risk of failure. What if I am not at all thinking of failure? What if I am happy with just trying? Then there is no risk. So why think in the language of risk and all that? Let stock brokers do that. They talk a lot about risks, rewards and returns.


-Excerpts from a Samvaad session. Edited for clarity.

Watch the session at: On Strength and Weaknesses | YouTube

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