Defying the Odds

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A weekend golfer tries to hit the green over the water from 200 yards through the fog.

“No guts, no glory.”

Why do we take risks?

Apparently each one of us has a different appetite for different kinds of risk, according to some studies. Do you like to risk life and limb bungee jumping but not your life savings on a business venture? Do you like going on adventures to new places but not starting a conversation with a stranger?

We also tend to believe that risks apply to other people but not to us — that’s why we sometimes ignore warning signs and safety rules because “we are super heroes.”

Somehow we can’t resist taking risks.

Well at least there’s always golf, where the worst thing that can happen is a lost ball and a bruised ego.

Against the Odds