Questions you need to ask yourself in any (potentially dangerous) situation

When in an environment that you are not sure is safe, or you are sure is not safe, there are several things you ought to do in order to maximize the chances of your own survival and getting the best out of the situation.

  1. In which way is this dangerous for me?
  2. In which way can I use this for my own advantage?
  3. In which way can I use this for the advantage of others?

“This” is anything you’re faced with. It can be a person, an unexpected letter, a car passing slowly by you, anything at all. The problem with all these questions is that they demand at least several seconds for thinking so they cannot be asked in absolutely all situations – sometimes you just need to react, and it needs to happen now.

In addition to these questions, there are two more things you should do:

  1. Listen to your intuition. How do you feel about something? Does something feel wrong? Dangerous? Do not ignore what your guts tell you.
  2. Think about it some more. Do not limit yourself to the three questions above. Put what you have in a wider context so you can understand it better. The three questions are only concerned with the immediate survival and giving you advantage if the thing turns out to be dangerous. Allow yourself some more time for reflection.
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