Gordon Swaby

Risk Aversion and The TEDxJamaica Talks

A lot of great speakers were at TEDxJamaica, but my favorite speakers were Barrington Irving and Randall Pinket. Particularly Pinkett’s talk because it touched on something I wrote about almost 2 months ago on my tumblr blog.

The title of the post was “Risk Aversion

I’ve found that for the most part, the older you get the more risk averse you become. It’s probably caused by awareness, realities of the world, obligations or even maturity[?].

Back when Advance-Gamers.com (Article) was in its prime I contacted many well known video game publishers because I wanted to review their games…well I primarily just wanted to play them. But hey, I didn’t think about it much, I just sent out emails. Imagine, a 15 year old with bad English emailing PR at some of the largest gaming publishers in America.

Well, it worked, I got a ton load of games sent to me for review ( I also got to keep them) and made some good contacts in the industry. I didn’t think much about what I was doing then…heck, I didn’t think, I just did. But, now I’m older and more self-conscious. At 20 I would think long hard about sending out those emails. What if they don’t respond? What if they say no, what if they say my website is too small or not popular enough?

Release your inhibitions.

If you can…do it while you’re young. Whatever “it” is.

You can watch Dr.Randall Pinket’s talk here.The other talks are here

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.


Lovingly made on Sunday, November 6th, 2011 at 12:15 am. Filed under Entrepreneurship, Interesting, Personal.



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