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Taking Smart Risks: How Sharp Leaders Win When Stakes are High by Doug Sundheim

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NOTES

Chapter 1 – “The Dangers of Playing It Safe”

1. Mihaly Csiksentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2008) and Rollo May, The Courage to Create (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1994, originally published in 1959) are two excellent resources discussing the need for meaningful challenges in living a satisfying life. Maslow, cited in the next note is an excellent resource as well.

2. Abraham Maslow’s well-known hierarchy of needs places physiological needs at the bottom, then moves up through safety, love and belonging, and esteem needs to self-actualization at the top. He first laid out this model in “A Theory of Human Motivation,” Psychological Review 50, no. 4 (1943): 370–396. ...

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