If You Ask Me: A Global Banker Reflects on Our Times
Wriston, Walter B.
Risk Is What It's All About
We live in a world that has nothing but risk, and yet risk has become a pejorative. We talk about the President's risky foreign policy. We talk about risky investments, or risky loans, or risky courses of action. Even in business magazines, you read that some company took a risk.
All of that is redundant. It's like saying "a one-story bungalow." There isn't anything in this world without risk. I would go all the way back to the Scriptures, where Mark said: "Whosoever will save his life shall lose it." That was the original risk.
There's nothing wrong with taking a risk. The idea is to keep risks within risk-taking capabilities.