What the board game Risk can teach us

I win two games at Risk.

And I think I’m the next Napolean about to wreak havoc on the world.

But besides that, playing Risk over the past couple of weeks has taught me something.

Before I tell you this lesson, let me tell you the mistakes I would make in the game. So when I am playing, I like to build up troops on any country that is bordering the enemy. Basically mobilizing troops to the front line.

When I’m doing this, I can get a little conservative and won’t attack anybody until I feel I have ‘enough’ troops to go on a campaign. Every turn that comes my way, I think ‘next turn I’ll attack, let me get a little more troops.’

And by the time I’m ready to go on the offensive, one of my opponents has been cleaning up territories and then closing in on me with twice as many troops from multiple directions.

I try to fight them off, but in the end, all my troops perish and I lose disgracefully.

The mistake I made was thinking I have to be ready when I should have attacked a lot earlier to keep my opponents at bay while I was getting more troops.

Photo by Matthew Guay on Unsplash

And what Risk reminded me was that there is no perfect time, you just have to take action and take risks. Because if you choose to be conservative and stagnant, well, you’re playing to lose.

I live in a government town and people here are very conservative. They are so conservative that they all start blending into similar people. They are risk-averse, have a boring personality, hunched up shoulders, and basically non-human.

These people, from all different walks of life, blend into a similar persona because they stagnated. They don’t challenge themselves, they don’t take any risk, they don’t seek variety. And as a result, they lose the very things that make them unique and human.

You have to realize that you have a lot more to lose if you try to be conservative in life. Nobody who lived an authentic life, achieved great things or made a difference for the world, were conservative. They were strategic risk-takers. So to get the most out of life, embrace risk-taking and challenge yourself to be more.

Before I leave, I want to leave with you a quote from the great Pook:

The greatest risk you can take in life is not to risk it all!

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