It won’t happen to me!

Staying safe is really a matter of belief. When I did dangerous things as a child, which I thought were safe, my parents set me straight. Later when I went bungee jumping, which I thought was safe, my friends set me straight. When I rode a motorcycle, which I thought was safe, my wife set me straight. Why is it always someone else that recognizes what we are doing is unsafe?

It boils down to our belief system. As a child when I saw people do dangerous things and walked away unhurt they were lauded as risk takers or brave. When someone did something dangerous and got hurt, they were stupid. Since the dangerous stuff, I want to do is my idea I don’t think I am dumb instead I think I will be lauded for my adventurous spirit or adventurous. Never stupid.

You may recognize this as denial, and you are right; however, each time I do something and don’t get hurt or damage something I reinforce my own belief system that it can’t happen to me.

Unfortunately, many other people think the same way I do and that is why you can’t just tell us to be safe because it won’t happen to us.

About Fred Fanning Author

Fred Fanning currently writes biweekly on his blog His published works include the peer-reviewed book Basic Safety Administration-A Handbook for the New Safety Specialist. Fred also authored two editions of the peer-reviewed chapter Safety Training and Documentation Principles that was published in the bestselling Safety Professional Handbook and the Safety Professional Handbook Management Applications. He coauthored the peer-reviewed chapter Safety Training with Christine Fiori, Ph.D., PE, published in the bestselling Construction Safety Management and Engineering, second edition edited by Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP. Fred also has several self-published books. He has a series called Fred’s Safety Shorts. This is a collection of twelve books on topics related to safety published with Kindle Direct Publishing. Fred self-published another six books using both CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and Kindle Direct Publishing. He has authored fifty-eight articles in various publications on the topics of safety and health and project management. Fred has earned several writing awards for his non-fiction work. Fred has two novels A Walk Among the Dead and Mystery at Devil’s Elbow.
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