Praise of bravado


Apparent rationality contains lot of caution and carefulness. When we cross magic line of our age of reason, or we got the intellectual discipline horribly wrong we could end up losing our passionate and useful bravado.

Let’s state it once and for all – it is rational to take great risks. I could bore you with logical explanation which would contain lots of game theory examples (like prisoner dilemma which you probably know or can easily google up), but instead I’ll tell you this: Those overly cautious, “rational” decisions may eventually got you to the success you want, but it will be only a “reasonable” amount of success o.O Rly

Ultimately no one is able to get rid of uncertainty and risk from life, though on the other side bravado can make you very poor if not even killed in the process. But, at the end of the day all of innovation, most of the success and admiration come not from aligning to the world but from constant tries of aligning the surrounding reality to us – the bravado.

I heard once that older golf players don’t win. They can put the ball as far and precise as young players. Also they may know field better. But with all the experience they become cautious and self-aware. Young players don’t realize or don’t care about possible mistakes, so they take the chances and simply win because of that. In my personal opinion – competence and bravado is the hottest couple in image creation. Paired just beautifully.

Sometimes in social situations you just have to be like Yves Klein and take the leap to the void (and give your camera to someone else), praise your bravado, try something new, fresh, risky and possibly exciting. Even if you would crash and burn, wouldn’t you feel as bad knowing that you just haven’t taken the chance?

Take good care of your bravado

– Przemek Kucia

P.S. This article was inspired by great “Dare to be stupid” post of Tracy Cembor, I highly recommend you to go check it out :D.

And to show you just how brave I am, for your watching pleasure it is – Sloth hugging a cat 😀 Yay!

3 thoughts on “Praise of bravado

  1. tracycembor says:

    Awww, shucks! Glad some of my ramblings could be a bit inspiring for others. 😀

    Rationalized risk-taking sounds so watered down and mediocre, is it really worth anyone’s time? It’s like putting a dollar into an office raffle. Sure you might win a few bucks, but the risk of losing a dollar was barely noticeable (unless you’re a poor college student). It’s taking the real risks that take the most guts and have the biggest payout.

    If you do decide to leap into the void, be sure to give your camera to someone else. We’ll want pictures! 😛

    • Przemek Kucia says:

      Yup, and since “rationalized” and actually rational are not every time the same some of people can be tricked to think how smart they are because of how careful/cautious theirs decisions are… Well, being tricked by own “rationalization” is one of the most difficult frauds to reveal, admit and deal with. (On the side note: that’s exactly why charisma is so powerful :))

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