Magazine article Risk Management

The Shortest Distance

Magazine article Risk Management

The Shortest Distance

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Everyone loves a shortcut. There's something about finding an easier way to get from Point A to Point B that makes you feel like you're "in the know" and somehow better than the rest of the hoi polloi. You aren't just traveling anymore--you're an intrepid explorer discovering new territory and the untold riches that likely await people with your special kind of daring. It's possible I'm being a little dramatic, but you get the idea.

Of course, shortcuts aren't without their own risks, but that is what makes them so exciting. To quote the movie Road Trip, "It's supposed to be a challenge--that's why they call it a shortcut. If it was easy, it would just be 'the way.'"

It's probably no coincidence that kids are the shortcut masters. After all, at a certain age, kids have no fear. When you are young and full of energy it is easy to adopt a "why go around something when you can go over it?" kind of philosophy, even if what you're going over could lead to disaster.

Case in point: when I was a kid, I never thought twice about hopping two chain-link fences to get to my friend's house rather than walk the extra blocks to go around. …

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