Risk is relative and only a perception. - Posted by Matthew Chan
Posted by Matthew Chan on May 22, 1999 at 17:12:35:
More and more, I am beginning to understand that risk is relative. Life is a risk, it is just a matter to what degree. This is only a general statement but People who perceive something as being high risk probably are not as knowledgeable as they would like in that area.
I speak from personal experience regarding my business dealings and dealing with credit both personal and business. I have no problems using lender money for business because I know that it is an investment. Sometimes, the business benefit of getting something sooner outweighs the interest I have to pay. But that doesn’t mean I go out and buy fancy clothes, an expensive car, or jewelry. What I mean is anything that is business-related like advertising, operational costs, education, etc.
The way I see it is, money is replaceable and time is not. Sometimes you have to strike when the timing is right. If it costs money, so be it. Have to borrow money and pay some interest? So be it.
I don’t worry about about such things as debt because my fallback position is pretty good. Incidentally, my fallback position isn’t because I have tens of thousands of dollars in the bank, it is my knowledge and current experience because I know I can always get a job if I have to washing dishes or something. Most people strive and fight to keep their jobs. That is my worst case sceanrio.
What is the worst that can happen? Foreclosure, bankruptcy, garnishments? I used to be REALLY afraid of them. And I am still not too fond of them! But the difference between now and years back is that I know that it means and how it translates to how I live. I don’t like debt but I am not going to let it freeze me because I think it is “risky”.
You implied you are not emotionally or psychologically prepared to deal with risk. (That is very telling…) That is your perogative. But if you are dependent on what you can personally provide vs. using other people’s money when you have the option, it is your loss.
My point is RISK is relative and a state of mind. When I think something is risky, I have simply said to myself that I am not knowledgeable in that area and probably need improvement in. Again, a general statement.
Having read your posts, I perceive you as being fearful and risk averse. In RE, I have occasional pangs or fear too. But I know that is really my ignorance talking and as soon as I get more educated and/or experienced, those feelings will go away. In the last 4 months alone, much of my concerns have gone away.
So don’t take offense at this, but has it occurred to you that YOU might be incorrect and perhaps haven’t gotten to that level of confidence, experience, and inner peace?