Traveling for me is more than simply experiencing something new. It was something that I was brought up doing and hearing stories about. My parents both worked for an airline, and I was lucky enough to be able to fly for free through college. I took full advantage and flew hundreds of thousands of miles and wish I had done more. The desire to travel came from my parents.
The Ben Franklin effect is a psychological finding: A person who has done someone a favor is more likely to do that person another favor than they would be if they had received a favor from that person. Similarly, one who harms another is more willing to harm them again than the victim is to retaliate.
Halfway through his autobiography, Franklin tells a story about an up-and-coming member of the Pennsylvania Assembly who had snubbed him on several occasions. Faced with the same dilemma as anyone might be in getting on with a colleague, Franklin decided to win him over and asked if he might borrow a certain scarce book from the Assemblyman’s library. The Assemblyman obliged. Franklin thanked him and from then on, they became best friends. Franklin drew out the lesson that when you ask someone for help and they oblige, they are more willing to do you a further favour in future than if you had been the one helping them.
What is Risk?
Risk is the potential of losing something of value, weighed against the potential to gain something of value.
The biggest risk in life is choosing to do nothing. By choosing the path of inaction, you have chosen to stay idle and not increase your lot in life. In everything we do there are two possible choices. We can choose to act or we can choose to sit still. Stillness in and of itself is not necessarily a bad choice, it is the choice of inaction and the one of safety.