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Get Comfortable With Risk by Establishing a Tripod of Stability

Get Comfortable With Risk by Establishing a Tripod of Stability lifehacker Deadspin Gizmodo Jalopnik Jezebel Kotaku Lifehacker Video index Skillet Two Cents Vitals App directory Gear Get Comfortable With Risk by Establishing a Tripod of Stability Kristin Wong 3/17/15 7:30am Filed to: Risk Reward Goals Investing Career Work Jobs 5 2 Edit Promote Share to Kinja Toggle Conversation tools Go to permalink Risks can be rewarding, but they can also be downright scary. It's not easy to break out of your comfort zone. But maintaining a few stable areas in your life makes it much easier to take risks in other ways. Author Ramit Sethi calls it the "tripod of stability." Advertisement His idea is to keep three of the most important aspects of your life perpetually stable. This stability gives you the confidence to take the occasional risk. He puts it this way: ...nailing the big things means that you can play around and take risks in other areas. We can apply this principle to our own lives. I call this concept my "tripod of stability." By taking care of the big things — my home, my car, my relationships, I can increase my growth by taking risks in other areas like pushing my limits when working out, experimenting in my business or traveling to new places. Sethi uses standup comedy as a metaphor. Comedians test their material in smaller venues. Some jokes flop—that's the risk. But by testing which jokes work best for smaller audiences, comedians can tell their best jokes at big venues, like the Tonight Show or Madison Square Garden. Their stable success at larger venues gives them the confidence to try riskier material in front of smaller audiences. Like Sethi says, "nailing the big things mans that you can play around and take risks in other areas." Advertisement To come up with your own tripod of stability, think of three areas in your life you most want to be stable. Then, focus on stabilizing those areas and seek out risk in other areas. For example, lets say your tripod of stability is: A job (steady income) Your relationships Your savings account Once you're clear on the legs that make up your tripod, you can start to play with risk in other areas. That might mean traveling, starting a side business or meeting new people. Check out his full post for more detail. The fascinating psychology of master comedians | I Will Teach You To Be Rich Sponsored Photo by Ekke . Gear from Kinja Deals Motorola is Throwing Everything They Have at AirPods With VerveLife Buying Guide: Gear For Better Coffee Today's Best Deals: Oculus Rift, Vizio Surround Sound, Massive Board Game Sale Reply 5 replies Leave a reply You may also like Deals Rekindle Game Night With Amazon's Massive Board Game Sale Today 5:45am The Concourse Liberals Cheering On The Electoral College Dope Who Won't Vote For Donald Trump Is Really Frightening  Yesterday 12:43pm Kotaku Final Fantasy XV Patch Will Add More Story, Improve Chapter 13 36 minutes ago Recent from Kristin Wong 3 10 6.3K Lifehacker · Kristin Wong What to Do When Meal Planning Never Seems to Work for You Today 4:00am 1 12 4.1K Lifehacker · Kristin Wong Why It’s Important to Appreciate the Small Things Yesterday 7:30am 6 96 83.3K Two Cents · Kristin Wong All the Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free Yesterday 5:30am Share Tweet About Blog Need Help? Content Guide Lifehacker Store Redirecting to the Lifehacker store in Disclaimer: You are leaving a Gizmodo Media Group, LLC website and going to a third party site, which is subject to its own privacy policy and terms of use. Continue Permissions Privacy Terms of Use Advertising Jobs RSS ©2016 Gizmodo Media Group Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.