Today at the second hand shop, I met a risk-taker. Yes, the customer before me in line. She was purchasing 4 puzzles. All 4 puzzles had elastic bands across them to keep the boxes closed. Now, that is a risk. You make a commitment to fit every last puzzle piece together. But, what if, just what if all the pieces are not there?
My colleague and friend at work is a risk taker. Yes, she purchases clothing without trying any items on. Now, that is a calculated risk. She does her best estimate based on size. But, there are so many things that can go wrong. She may not like the style on her, the fit in certain areas, the length. What looks one way on the hanger or on the mannequin, merchandised with accessories like jewelry, scarves, even a hat, may not translate the same at home on you in front of your mirror.
But, my friend from work, she has it down to a science. She is committed. She is very good about keeping track of time frames and receipts. She tries on all new purchase within two to three days of bringing them home, and makes the keep or return decision promptly. This method would not work for me, I suspect. I worry I might put them to the side and then be stuck with the whole lot, having waited too long to return them, or having lost the receipt. To much effort after having left the store. No, I prefer putting the effort in prior to the purchase. That is not a risk I am willing to take, not even a calculated risk.
There are risk takers everywhere. Nothing to gain without taking a risk!