The Risk/Reward Matrix questionnaire here is a more basic version of a much larger one that my team fielded in 2014 as research for the book. For the official national survey, we asked a random sample of 650 people 63 questions concerning their attitudes about work, career, ambition, security and so on.

From an analysis of the resulting data four basic risk/reward types emerged. Once you take the survey you’ll discover the primary and secondary risk types into which you probably fall. And after you've read the book, that information can help you develop a proactive, everyday practice for improving your ability to manage occupational risk.

How much do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?Agree StronglyAgree SomewhatDon’t Really AgreeDon’t Agree At All
When I fly, I’m usually one of the first people to arrive at the gate
When I fly, I usually arrive at the gate right before it closes
I believe success is more about luck (who you know, being in the right place at the right time) than about hard work
I tend to make decisions based on logic and fact
I rely on my feelings to guide decision making
People say they’d like to run their own company, I’m the type of person who would actually do it
Occasional excitement is more important to me than predictability
I’d rather do something than talk about it
There is no sure thing in life, everything has some risk involved
I always plan for the worst case scenario
If the worst were to happen, I know I’d land on my feet
I’m a person who likes to live on the edge
I hate surprises
I feel like I ought to take more risks, professionally, compared to either of my parents
I always feel like I’m taking a bit of a risk when I speak out at a meeting at work
I feel comfortable speaking up at work when my opinion differs from others
I often think about switching careers and doing a different kind of job
I try to take risks at work for a chance to advance in my field
I wish I was more inclined to take more risks professionally
If I lost my job tomorrow I’d be okay
Meaningful work is more important to me than making money