How Do I Know When a Risk Is Worth It?

Expect the best; prepare for the worst.

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In this backstage interview from Leadercast Women 2018, champion NASCAR driver Julia Landauer shares why leaders shouldn’t let fear factor into their decision to take a risk.

“If you're thinking about what can go wrong, you're taking away attention from what can go right and what you can do to make that go right,” says Julia. “Believing that you can do it and carrying that body language and that mentality really helps go for the passes that other people might take, as we say in racing, or make those moves that other people might not take.”

Watch the video to learn more from Julia about risk taking.

We know that we can crash as racers. If you're thinking about the fact that you can crash, or that you can hit someone, or that something might break, you might not give that extra little percentage of energy that will really make you the brilliant race car driver that you need to be. I think that translates into life. If you're thinking about what can go wrong, you're taking away attention from what can go right and what you can do to make that go right.

I get extremely invested in everything I'm doing, and expect the best, and also prepare for the worst, and get my hopes up. I think having a little bit of that enthusiasm and optimism that things will work out is really important. Even if I fake it a little bit, I think believing that you can do it and carrying that body language and that mentality really helps go for the passes that other people might take, as we say in racing, or make those moves that other people might not take.

If it's just because you're scared, or you think it might not work out, or if you can't give yourself that really killer reason to not do something, I think you have to do it. You also have to analyze are other people going to be affected by this. Even if it's not necessarily risky for me, could it be risky for other people, and is that worth taking? Sometimes it will come down to a judgment call, and you can only make one choice, and so you're going to have to go with your gut on that one.
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Julia Landauer

Julia is a two-time champion NASCAR racer from New York City, now making history on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. More than a racecar driver, Julia is a graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sc...

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