Describe a risk you’ve taken which has a positive result.
You should say:
What it was
Why you took it
What the result was
And explain how you felt about this experience
A risk that I took, which I am actually a bit ashamed of in retrospect, was the time when a friend and I, when we were kids, stole some sweets from a store in my grandma’s hometown. I know, it was a bad thing to do – but I think all kids do things like this occasionally. At the time we had run out of money and really wanted some sweets – we waited for the shopkeeper to leave the shop to go get his lunch, then we quietly crept into the shop, went behind the counter and took some sweets from big jars that were on the shelf at the back. Just as we had taken the sweets, we heard the bell on the door ring, and he was coming back into the shop! The owner had come back really quickly! We dashed through a back door into the store cupboard and we hid there for a short time. Then suddenly a dog started barking!! And the owner came into the back room and saw us there hiding behind some boxes! He was really angry, and asked us to empty our pockets, which we did, and he saw we had stolen a few sweets. He immediately marched us across town to my grandmother’s house, and both of them gave us a huge scolding. That night my grandmother refused to speak to me and for several days after she was really livid – saying we had damaged her good reputation in the village, and made her family lose face. She made me go back to the shop the following day and give the shopkeeper a gift of wine, and offer a more formal apology. I learned a lot from this risk – and although we were just kids having a bit of fun and being naughty, I realized soon after that there are wider implications to this kind of behavior. Anyway, that’s my strongest memory of a risk that I took – and I got myself caught in the act of!!
1. Why do some people enjoy extreme sports?
I think that energetic and adventurous people enjoy doing challenging sports or more extreme sports. It gives them a sense of great excitement to take on challenges, risks and push their minds and bodies to the limits. Some people get a real kick out of these kinds of activities – an adrenaline rush – and a sense of pride and achievement.
2. Are action films popular in your country?
Films are really popular. People watch a lot of Hollywood action movies, superhero movies and there is also a strong, growing film industry in my country – we are making some fantastic movies these days, though I think that in recent years the storylines are becoming a bit weak and predicatable in favour of special effects.
3. Do you think it is a good thing that a leader likes taking risks?
Yes, it’s not just a good thing, but it’s essential. It’s a key quality in a good leader – risk-taking. And knowing what risks to take and what risks to avoid – this is where a leader must be well-informed, smart and have a bigger-picture vision of a situation, whether it be with a project at work, or a big political decision.
4. Do you think men and women would make different choices when facing a risk?
It depends on the individual, I’m not sure it depends on gender that much. It’s hard to say. I’ve not seen any real research or data on this, so I can’t say for sure. I think that they might have slightly different approaches to risk though – though off the top of my head I am not really sure I can think of a good example. I’d say that men tend to be more impulsive, which can be a good and a bad quality, whereas women might be better at assessing a risk more carefully.