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Are these words of wisdom? Or is it a recipe for disaster?
 

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Wrichik Basu
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Wisdom, meaning that until you take risks in life, you will not achieve success.
 
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Are these words of wisdom? Or is it a recipe for disaster?
Both.

If you do not push had enough that mistakes are possible, then you are not pushing hard enough. It is possible, however, to make a large mistake when pushing hard.

There are no guarantees in life.
 
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Yes, both.

Some people gain fortune for themselves, others destroy their own lives for risking it. Examples of success are many and examples of failures too although the latter are a little harder to find because sometimes the actor ends up being erased from history in the process. And if there is any record left, it won't speak good about them.

So both. How do they call that in English? Is it a double edged blade? Or was it sword?
 
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Wisdom, meaning that until you take risks in life, you will not achieve success.
And, it's not necessarily about risking all, but about getting out and trying.
 
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Are these words of wisdom? Or is it a recipe for disaster?
There is no such thing as a ultimate strategy, particularly one that can be distilled into four words. Unfortunately for many making intelligent decisions requires work.
 
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Are these words of wisdom? Or is it a recipe for disaster?

It’s better to be safe than to be sorry – don’t take risks

Nothing ventured nothing gained- take risks

Time and tide wait for no man – don’t wait too before taking a risk

Curiosity killed the cat – taking a risk one day could ruin a relation, marriage, lose you your job or kill you.

In other words at some point in your life you may need to take a risk…. or not.
 
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It’s better to be safe than to be sorry– don’t take risks
Rather worry than sorry - manage risk
 
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It’s better to be safe than to be sorry – don’t take risks

Nothing ventured nothing gained- take risks

Time and tide wait for no man – don’t wait too before taking a risk

Curiosity killed the cat – taking a risk one day could ruin a relation, marriage, lose you your job or kill you.

In other words at some point in your life you may need to take a risk…. or not.
Different proverbs for different situations.

A great mind in India (I am not mentioning the name) had once said:
Take risks in life. If you win, you can lead. If you lose, you can guide.
 
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It’s better to be safe than to be sorry – don’t take risks

Nothing ventured nothing gained- take risks

Time and tide wait for no man – don’t wait too before taking a risk

Curiosity killed the cat – taking a risk one day could ruin a relation, marriage, lose you your job or kill you.

In other words at some point in your life you may need to take a risk…. or not.
Oddly, there is no adage I'm aware of for "soberly evaluate risks before taking them", which would seem to eliminate most of the need for the others.
 
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Wisdom, meaning that until you take risks in life, you will not achieve success.
That is all it means.
 
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Oddly, there is no adage I'm aware of for "soberly evaluate risks before taking them", which would seem to eliminate most of the need for the others.
But sure, there is! You just wrote it. "Soberly evaluate risks before taking them". .... by russ_waters
 
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Oddly, there is no adage I'm aware of for "soberly evaluate risks before taking them", which would seem to eliminate most of the need for the others.
Measure twice, cut once.
 
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Are these words of wisdom? Or is it a recipe for disaster?
I like the adage; nothing ventured nothing gained...

in what way could the adage be a recipe for disaster if not a potentially disastrous venture in the first place?
 
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Success stories you hear out there are a result of thousands of others who failed after taking the risk. You risk something and you either fall into one of the two extremes in life. Most people fail, some people succeed. In my personal opinion though, failing after taking a risk is better than getting nothing for risking nothing.
 
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It is possible, however, to make a large mistake when pushing hard.
Too true. One's unanticipated children often turn out to be large mistakes.
:doh:
 
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Curiosity killed the cat
I got told there's an ongoing NASA investigation for that.
 
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failing after taking a risk is better than getting nothing for risking nothing.
I think this is better than the original

I got told there's an ongoing NASA investigation for that.
I thought this was some Schrodinger reference till I googled, “cat in space.”
 
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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
Or, as I like to think of it.

Good judgement comes from experience.
Experience comes from bad judgement.
 
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Measure twice, cut once.
He who hesitates is lost. [though maybe not lost a finger in the circular saw]
 
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[though maybe not lost a finger in the circular saw]
i just did that too.

fatigue and power saws don't mix.
 
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Oddly, there is no adage I'm aware of for "soberly evaluate risks before taking them", which would seem to eliminate most of the need for the others.
Look before you leap?
 
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Ounce of prevention ?
 
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Nothing can beat this:

“Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.”
Edward Whymper, Scrambles Amongst the Alps
 
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