Book Review: Worth the Risk
During the past two years, the never-ending news cycle focusing on the dangers of the world led many to hunker down in their desire to remain “safe.” Kristen Lee observes in her new book, Worth the Risk, “When fear rules, we miss out. We may think we’re doing ourselves a favor when we play it safe or give in to anxiety, but instead we give up the many treasures life can deliver when we take strategic risks.”
Drawing upon her clinical work and research on human resilience, Lee illuminates how when we are mired in fear and mistrust, we cannot see clearly how we can clarify our values in order to live a “what is” and not a “what if” life. The purpose of the book is to help the reader strategically begin to take small steps of courage toward a “what is” life.
This practical and timely effort also serves as a workbook. It can be done either solo or in a group setting. Each chapter features a blend of stories, composite sketches, science, ancient wisdom, behavioral science, and practical exercises. Lee identifies the acts of bravery you can start doing today and offers gentle guidance to help you examine your own personal roadblocks that stop you from living the life you envision for yourself.
The work is worthwhile. As Lee notes, “Overtime microdosing bravery leads to the kind of resilience that not only positively impacts our own lives, but has a collective, contagion effect.”