As is generally noted, the risk taking attitude of a person with age is variable. The risk taking attitude is at its peak between the time of childhood and adolescence while this attitude gets tamed to an extent during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. The mechanism involved seems to be the alteration of the cognitive control system of the brain.

During adolescence a human mind is more prone to taking risks but as this transition occurs the brain’s cognitive control system regulates itself and in consequence regulates the behavior of the individual. These changes occur through our adolescence and young adulthood and are seen as structural and functional changes within the prefrontal cortex and its connections to other brain parts. The variable timetables of these changes cause mid-adolescence to be a time of increased vulnerability to risky and reckless behavior.

While we discuss the behavioral variability with age, the concept of “novelty” should also be taken to account. From the teenage years up to the thirties is the time of firsts. During these times we experience many things for the first time in our lives. It’s a time for new jobs, new relationships, new career defining paths and new opportunities. How we pattern ourselves during these times is a very potent contributing factor to our professional and personal build up in life. Of course taking risks is a dangerous act but if risks taken in these times pay off, it sets a tone for the remainder of our lives. The kinds of relationships we form also dictate how we achieve success.

Another very interesting fact about human brains is the way we think about others. As has already been discussed, we as humans don’t evolve or dwell individually.  Rather we form emergent groups that live and work in tandem. To a human brain other people are very important. We reserve certain parts of our brains to think about differences in others. Our brain has a different response to the same things happening to two different people, say for instance a white man and a black. On a functional MRI if you care equally for two different people there should be a similar picture of response but in fact our brain is patterned in such a way that it has two different processing areas for these two people.  It also has a different perfusion and activity for these different subjects.

On a professional level, a totally selfish attitude based on purely personal gains is not going to be worthwhile. We might experience momentary success but in the long run the people we have made use of in an illegitimate way are going to cash in on any opportunity they get to avenge themselves. So forming a good, professional, caring and devoted relationship with the people you work with is very important.

Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Big U Academy, , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Lifestyle Academy. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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