Dr Richard Harris

The Art Of Taking Risks According To Dr Richard Harris

Do you feel like you are someone who avoids taking risks? Whether big or small, sometimes taking a risk can be more anxiety inducing for some people than it is for others. 

For example, for most of us, crawling through dark, unexplored, underwater caves sounds like an absolute nightmare, but for someone like Dr Richard Harris, it’s thrilling. 

In this episode of A Life Of Greatness, Sarah Grynberg is joined by cave-diving anaesthetist Dr Richard Harris, who has become well-known for his participation in one of the world’s most dangerous sports. 

If the name sounds familiar, that’s because Dr Harris is famous for playing a crucial part in the rescuing of a soccer team of 12 boys, trapped in Tham Luang cave in Thailand back in 2018.

Dr Harris said that while he’d been training for years in cave diving both in Australia and New Zealand, nothing could have prepared him for the harrowing rescue of 12 young boys. 

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“I’d been running training weekends in Australia and New Zealand for a scenario where one of us might be injured on the wrong side of a body of water underground and required to be dived out in an injured or ill state of some kind,” he said. 

“But I never for a moment imagined that it was going to be children in a foreign country and that I was going to be asked to do something completely bizarre and unprecedented, like anesthetize them, basically, to bring them out.” 

In this inspiring chat with Sarah, Dr Harris teaches us about calculated risk-taking which he discusses in great detail in his new book The art of risk, teaching us when to leap, removing yourself from your comfort zone and how to draw the line between courage and fear.

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