is it can be justified in retrospect. Say aye if you heard this before –
“When I look back three years, it was a risk that has made all the difference.”
With all elements for a great narrative present –a warrior in distress, a challenge, a war and a triumph– it’s rather easy to be swooned by a decision and then directly match that risk to this success. Which, of course, is not always a one-to-one co-relation.
Yet, it’s completely valid for people to paint this mythical picture. Consider it an emotional reward for the shots they take. No wonder the safe keepers have fewer stories to tell.
Update, 28 November 2012: I wrote this back in April and few risky decisions later, this seems much truer.