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Risk
“If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.” ~ Erica Jong
A no-risk person achieves little and is a stranger to fulfillment. That's too high a price.
“20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the things you did do.” ~ Mark Twain
If you don't try you'll never know - the real risk is doing nothing. As Mark Zuckerberg says, "In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks."
“Excellence is the result of caring more than others think wise, risking more than other's think safe, dreaming more than others think practical, and expecting more than others think possible.” ~ Ronnie Oldham
If you insist on being the same as everyone else, what you can achieve is limited. As Mary Lou Cook said, "Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun."
“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.” ~ John F Kennedy
And Rick Benetrau: "You cannot climb a mountain if you will not risk a fall."
“We cannot discover new oceans until we have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ Muriel Chen
Unless we take risks we get nowhere; it's a dilemma...
'To Risk' by William Arthur Ward
To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To live is to risk dying,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow, or live.
Chained by his servitude, he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom.
Only a person who takes risks is FREE.
The pessimist complains about the wind;
The optimist expects it to change;
And the realist adjusts the sails.
Risk

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The Best of Times and the Worst of Times ~ by Philip Humbert

There is no absolute safety in this world. Indeed, staying home turns out to be a fairly risky business as home is the place where most fatal accidents occur. Thus, the trick to feeling safe is not to hide under a blanket or to bury your head in the sand but to distinguish between how risky a situation actually is and how risky it feels. Risk is less frightening when you understand it better. Hence, here are a few things to keep in mind... Continues
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