In recent weeks there has been a lot of publicity to the skiing accidents which have injured Michael Schumacher and Angela Merkel. They both desrve our sympathy and best wishes.

Without knowing all the details, I think it is unlikely that either of these two people would have achieved the success they have, in two very different fields, unless they had been able to manage the risks around them.  Yet both have been victims of skiing accidents. Does that mean that skiing is an extremely dangerous sport? Not necessarily. I think there are two things we can learn from these events, neither being that we should give up skiing (or in my case not take it up at all).

Firstly,  however well you manage  any risks you can seldom preclude something going wrong. Risk management usually reduces rather than eliminates risks.

Controlling risks in your chosen field does not mean you are going to be able to do so as effectively in other areas of your life.

Many businessmen, and women, are very good at managing some of the risks in their businesses, but need help in dealing with others. Do not think you are unusual if you are in that category, and do not be afraid to get help from a professional to deal with some of your risks.