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RMS IB Profile of the Month: Risk Takers

RMS IB Profile of the Month: Risk Takers

Author Neil Gaiman wrote in The Graveyard Book “If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.” His sentiments are at the center of our Learner Profile focus for this month - being Risk Takers. 

Taking risks can be scary; however, if we are able to calculate the pros and cons of a risk, we may find that we can push our boundaries and come out on the other side better for it. Now, these risks don’t have to be extravagant like jumping out of a plane or eating the ever dangerous fugu pufferfish. Every day we make choices and some of those choices can involve a fair level of risk - the trick is managing the worries and fears that come along with these choices. 

So how do we become better risk takers? Here are some sure-fire ways to try out! 

  • Sit next to someone new - We can easily fall into the same routines and find security in the same group of friends. One way to push our boundaries is to find a new group of people to interact with. Share your stories and listen to theirs - who knows, you may end up with a new best friend. 

  • Raise your hand in class - We get it. You don’t want to be wrong. But as Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.” The Great One’s words ring true on the ice and in the classroom. Share those awesome ideas in your head - your classmates will definitely benefit from all that you have to bring to the table. 

Say yes - These three letters can be some of the most empowering to use in the English language. So many times we find ourselves saying “no” to something new or strange. Try saying yes and going with the flow - you may find a new favorite food in the lunchroom or a new after school class that you love.