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Man can be defeated but not destroyed.
-- Ernest Hemingway
 

 

Saturday, May 3, 2003

Risks worth taking

The fact that something involves risk does not necessarily mean that it must be avoided. It means that it must be approached with clarity, commitment, understanding and preparation. If you attempt to completely avoid every possibility of failure, then you never get anything accomplished. And that ends up being the biggest failure of all.

Every single day involves some kind of risk. You can minimize the risk, but you cannot avoid it altogether, because to avoid risk is to avoid the richness of life itself. There are physical risks, emotional risks, financial risks, business risks, social risks and others. Many of those risks, when navigated carefully, sensibly and responsibly, can lead to great rewards.

Some risks are indeed foolish, while others are indeed foolish to avoid. The way to tell the difference is to look beyond the risk to the potential reward it can bring.

It pays to be careful, and it also pays not to be overly paranoid. Accept those risks that are worth taking, and enjoy the rewards that they can bring.

— Ralph Marston

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