View Poll Results: Do you engage in activities that scare you or that are dangerous?

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  • Yes, activities that are very scary to me and very dangerous.

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  • Yes, activities that are very scary to me and moderately dangerous.

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  • Yes, activities that are very scary to me and slightly dangerous.

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  • Yes, activities that are very scary to me but not dangerous.

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  • Yes, activities that are moderately scary to me and very dangerous.

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  • Yes, activities that are moderately scary to me and moderately dangerous.

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  • Yes, activities that are moderately scary to me and slightly dangerous.

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  • Yes, activities that are moderately scary to me but not dangerous.

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  • Yes, activities that are slightly scary to me and very dangerous.

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  • Yes, activities that are slightly scary to me and moderately dangerous.

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  • Yes, activities that are slightly scary to ne and slightly dangerous.

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  • Yes, activities that are slightly scary to me but not dangerous.e

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  • Yes, activities that are not scary to me and very dangerous.

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  • Yes, activities that are not scary to me and moderately dangerous.

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  • Yes, activities that are not scary to me and slightly dangerous.

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  • No, I do not participate in any activities that are either scary to me or dangerous.

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    Question Do you engage in activities that scare you or that are dangerous?

    Being a full-time affiliate is not for the faint of heart. By its very nature, running a business is risky, and it usually requires a combination of hard work, sound decision making, and good old-fashioned luck to be successful over the long term.

    As much as I might like challenges, there are certain challenges I would never even consider. One type of challenge that that always sends chills through me is even thinking about certain extreme sports. The concept of free soloing - rock climbing without any equipment, terrifies me. I don’t like being in a place where I could fall and get hurt. Any it is beyond me how anyone could even think of climbing to a height where a fall would mean certain death. But there are those that do this. Here is a video about Alex Hannold free soloing El Capitan, a 3,200 foot vertical wall of granite.

    For this week’s poll I ask if you engage in activities that scare you, or those around you. Besides voting in the poll, I invite you to share stories about activities you engage in that cause an adrenaline rush for you and whether you do so frequently or rarely Or maybe share some activities you are thinking about trying sometime in the future.

    Don't be scared. Share your thoughts.

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    Well just today I had to check how close the storm was first, before walking down to the end of the driveway to check the mailbox, does that count?

    Ok not really.

    But pray for all those linemen who climb the poles to fix downed powerlines and repair blown transformers, sometimes while in the rain just after the storms.

    And for those first responders who run toward active shooter situations, or in to burning buildings to save others. And probably countless other jobs that so many of us take for granted.

    I am curious to watch how this thread progresses and how many affiliates have other things they do either as a regular job or side job that might surprise us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by universal4 View Post
    Well just today I had to check how close the storm was first, before walking down to the end of the driveway to check the mailbox, does that count?
    It does if watching from your house is not enough for you and you sign up for a tornado storm chasing vacation here:

    Storm Chasing Tours and Vacations.

    Seriously, though, I hope the storm does not do too much damage.

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    Wow, that's an awful lot of voting options. Anyway, activities that are "scary" and potentially moderately dangerous (as well as physically challenging) for me are vital to stay sharp mentally and physically as well as mentally healthy and calm.

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    While I love being in the mountians, i always get anxiety with the type of skiing i do - which is off piste backcountry, which involves some climbing and being in areas where you fall you die. I'm technically very good, so its a constant battle between head and heart when i'm out there.

    I've been involved in two avalanches, the second with fatalities, so i know its dangerous depsite the precautions you take.

    Thankfully I've remained relatively unscathed apart from a back injury and knee problems, which have now stopped me from skiing completely. As much as i'll miss it, i'm secretly thankful I wont be facing those demons again!.
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    Ever since being a kid I've always wanted to see a tornado (not sure if that's a wise decision tho), but I happen to live far away from where they occur. Still perhaps at some point I might go on a storm chasing trip to the US

    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelCorfman View Post
    It does if watching from your house is not enough for you and you sign up for a tornado storm chasing vacation here:

    Storm Chasing Tours and Vacations.

    Seriously, though, I hope the storm does not do too much damage.

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    All good at your end Rick?

    Looks like it passed a bit south of you as it went across the state. I'm not in Florida at the moment so watching from a distance.
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    I have participated in activities that can be deemed dangerous, more so when younger such as jumping out of a plane. Always wanted to bungee jump but that desire has passed.

    Have been in dangerous situations when there was an uprising and riots in a country in middle east and had to get a flight out to any country and worry about next flight after. Scary to have tanks protecting your hotel while the one across the street is burning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jarvi View Post
    All good at your end Rick?

    Looks like it passed a bit south of you as it went across the state. I'm not in Florida at the moment so watching from a distance.
    Thanks Jarvi,
    Yea we were once again blessed in the county I am in, damage in some of the surrounding areas though.

    Ft Myers it appears is who needs our prayers though.

    Paul, wondering if your thoughts would change about wanting to see a tornado after seeing the devastation up close of towns or neighborhoods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by universal4 View Post
    Thanks Jarvi,
    Yea we were once again blessed in the county I am in, damage in some of the surrounding areas though.

    Ft Myers it appears is who needs our prayers though.

    Paul, wondering if your thoughts would change about wanting to see a tornado after seeing the devastation up close of towns or neighborhoods.

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    Good to hear Rick. Looks like a real mess in some parts.

    As for this thread topic, I have been known to go far too fast on a BMX or MTB, for my ability. More emergency room visits for bicycle accidents than anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jarvi View Post
    As for this thread topic, I have been known to go far too fast on a BMX or MTB, for my ability. More emergency room visits for bicycle accidents than anything else.
    Ahh, but you would never even think of driving fast in a porsche would you....LOL

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    Not my idea of fun personally, fairground rollercoaster about as ‘scary’ as it gets for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by universal4 View Post
    Ahh, but you would never even think of driving fast in a porsche would you....LOL

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    Yeah, not going to answer that one... Might have scared a few others and dangerous is such a subjective word.
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    I'm quite yellow-bellied so Im more likely to engage an activity that promises some extent of danger in future
    For example, to be broke even for a while after a loosy poker session :P

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    Does drinking too much count? i have seen affiliates get wasted then drive off down the quirky streets of malta.. some picking fights etc


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    Quote Originally Posted by wonderpunter View Post
    Does drinking too much count? i have seen affiliates get wasted then drive off down the quirky streets of malta.. some picking fights etc
    Ha, seen some inebriated affiliates at conferences that’s for sure. In fact perhaps just going to conferences is dangerous, badly sprained my ankle one year in Berlin by misjudging the slightly raised platforms that the program’s stands sit on - and that was without anything to drink!!

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    Yes, I try to do scary (but not dangerous) things regularly. It's healthy and gives us mental strength, in my opinion.

    I'm hoping to paraglide before the end of the year. It's safe, but it's also frightening (and exciting) for me.

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    Yes, but not in my free time. I prefer to spend my time rather quietly. The only risk I take is from time to time in an additional job in which I sometimes work. The work is around very tall buildings at great heights. And the safety rules in this company are very poor. Add to this the lack of insurance, you can call it an extreme sport hahaha

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