Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Risk vs. Reward

Is the reward worth the risk?

When you are a kid, playing with your friends is probably the most important thing next to Christmas and your birthday.

When you are told not to go outside until your parents come home, but your friends come over and want you to come out and play, you have quite a dilemma on your hands . You have to measure out whether the risk of getting caught (which will probably happen) is worth the reward of playing with your friends outside.

The pure torture. It is a nice day outside and your friends are out playing. If you get caught, you will probably get grounded for at least a couple of days. You have to really figure out if the reward is worth the risk. If it is supposed to rain for the next few days starting tomorrow, the decision is actually pretty easy; play in the sun and then grounded to the indoors when it is raining outside. The reward far outweighs the risk. But if you are supposed to go to a birthday party or to a park tomorrow or this weekend if you are good, the risk probably is not worth the small reward that you get.

If only the adult scenarios were as easy as the ones you faced as a kid.

Make someone's day and perform a random act of kindness. It could make their reward worth the risk.

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