Would you consider yourself a risk taker? If so, what are some examples?

Sample Answer: I guess it really depends on what you consider a risk taker to be.  If you think of a risk taker as someone who jumps out of airplanes and goes bungee jumping, then the answer is no, I am definitely not a risk taker!  I was brought up to be a careful, cautious person who values my life and my family too much to take risks like that.

However, I am not the kind of person who is afraid of failure.  I am willing to put myself out there and take risks to achieve the goal that I am after.  I do not look at failure as a bad thing.  Sure, it may be disappointing to fail at something, but I look at every failure as another experience in my life that I can learn from.  And I think that attitude is the right attitude to have.  You just can't go through life worrying about all of your failures, or worse yet, being so afraid to fail that you never take any risks.

Tip: While you may not think you need to be much of risk taker to be a teacher, it is important to be willing to put yourself out there a little bit.  The only time we grow as people is by putting ourselves in situations we may not be all that comfortable with.  Doing that, stretches us, and a lot of times shows us that we are capable of things we never even dreamed we could do.

So, I think it's important to note for this question that you don't have to be willing to sky dive or swim with sharks to be a risk taker.  But if you are the kind of person that gets in their comfort zone and stays there at all costs, I would challenge you to look for situations where you can put yourself out there just a little bit!