Monday, April 15, 2019

Review: Riskformation: How Smart Risk Taking Will Transform Your Life by Anne Fish

Genre: Self-Help


“Think of someone you admire, someone who you wish to emulate. What makes them successful? What enabled that person to overcome their fear and go after their dream?

Quite simply: the willingness to assume a risk.

Risk taking is the life changing experience that will enable you to live your calling.

It is not enough to simply take risks. You must plan your risk with the same precision, passion, and excitement as you would the vacation of your dreams.

Creating life changing experiences does not come from wishful thinking. Of course, changing your thinking in order to focus on the positive is important, but thoughts don’t move matter. In order to live your calling, you have to take action—smart action.

That’s Riskformation in a nutshell: the process that will empower you to take a risk and live your calling.”


“Anne Fish is an award-winning speaker, author, and international risk-taker extraordinaire. Her affinity for taking risks has led her to branch out into emerging markets as an entrepreneur across multiple time-zones, countries and continents. From founding Formula Austin, which promoted Formula 1 racing to the world, to 18 years as a flight attendant and corporate trainer, a multi-million dollar career with Sotheby's International Realty, Anne has taken the leap and followed her dreams. Her own Riskformation led her to build a life overseas in many different countries as well as gave her the opportunity to collaborate with and around famous figures and professional athletes over a seven year span.

Currently, Anne inspires, encourages, and leads others to take risks that will transform their lives. She lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with her husband, Jim, and their two dogs Buddy and Bailey.”


Reviewing non-fiction is sometimes an interesting proposition. With fiction, if the story entertains, that’s all that matters, but with non-fiction I’ll often find myself wondering how to tell if the author is qualified to write about the subject and whether I’m in a position to judge their credibility.

Reading Riskformation I didn’t have those concerns. Ms Fish’s bio shows she’s taken the kind of risks she suggests as do the stories she uses as examples in the book, but more importantly I found that the things she suggests, her approach to planning and deciding what actions and risks make sense (the “smart risk taking” in the subtitle) fit the successful risks I’ve taken throughout my life.

The only place I found myself questioning Ms Fish and her concepts is in the area of luck although the more I think about it, the more I think we’re not that far apart in our attitude about luck. I think we’d both agree that you shouldn’t depend on it to help you succeed and it tends to even out over time. I don’t think either of us would agree with blaming bad luck for failure. But I’ve always acknowledged how good luck has sometimes made a difference in a success, along with hard work, skill, and whatever else I contributed to that success. The concept of a “parachute” and faith that it will be there if things take a turn for the worst that is discussed at one point in the book seems like luck with a different name attached.

Regardless of your thoughts on luck, I’d definitely recommend Riskformation for anyone who wants to do more than just float through life. If you want to make changes in your life or career for the better, are looking for how to approach and plan for those changes, this is a book that will help you get there.

Buy now from:            Amazon US        Amazon UK

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 25-30,000 words

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