Does the fear of taking risks hold you back?
Taking risks can be scary. But sometimes, it’s the only way to advance in life, to move forward with exciting new adventures and opportunities.
The below collection of quotes about risk taking are inspiring and eye opening. While they may make the idea of taking a risk a little too simplistic, they are important to expand our mindsets around the potential for taking risks and the payoff that they can bring.
Why you must take risks
There are many reasons why you should take risks. In fact, sometimes not taking any kind of risk can also be risky! Some believe that the most successful companies and entrepreneurs don’t necessarily have the best ideas – they just take more chances than others do.
There’s the old adage of “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. If you stay in the same situation or environment for too long, your brain eventually figures out that it has learned everything it needs to know and stops growing. So no matter where we are or what our goals may be, if we’re not taking any kind of risk (or at least trying new things), then there is a good chance that those dreams won’t happen.
Quotes About Risk Taking
“Two roads diverged in a wood … I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost
“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” Mark Zuckerberg
“People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.” Peter F. Drucker
“You can measure opportunity with the same yardstick that measures the risk involved. They go together.” Earl Nightingale
“It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.” Seneca
“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.” Chinese proverb
“Opportunity dances with those on the dance floor.” Unknown
“Don’t be afraid to have a reality check. Taking risks is OK, but you must be realistic.” Joy Mangano
“It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don’t. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.” Philip Adams
“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
“If I had to give odds, I would say 30 percent of whatever good fortune I’ve had in this business has been luck, and 50 percent has been casting – so that’s 80 percent right there. And 20 percent is just working really hard and taking risks.” Greg Berlanti
“A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one would find fault with what he has done.” Cardinal Newman
“You can’t get anywhere in life without taking risks.” Esme Bianco
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T. S. Eliot
“You only do good work when you’re taking risks and pushing yourself.” Sally Hawkins
“The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.” Maimonides
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“But we also believe in taking risks, because that’s how you move things along.” Melinda Gates
“Life is full of risks, and you don’t want to raise someone who’s afraid of taking risks, either physically or emotionally.” Dana Reeve
“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin
“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” Andre Gide
“If you don’t play you can’t win.” Judith McNaught
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
“You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don’t win, at least you can be satisfied that you’ve tried. If you don’t accept failure as a possibility, you don’t set high goals, you don’t branch out, you don’t try, you don’t take the risk.” Rosalynn Carter
“A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” William Greenough Thayer Shedd
“The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety.” Goethe
“Optimistic people play a disproportionate role in shaping our lives. Their decisions make a difference; they are inventors, entrepreneurs, political and military leaders – not average people. They got to where they are by seeking challenges and taking risks.” Daniel Kahneman
“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” Jim Rohn
“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller
“Just taking risks for risk’s sake, that doesn’t do it for me. I’m willing to take risks that I think are worth it, and I’ve worked so hard to make sure that I survive.” Chris Hadfield
“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” Denis Waitley
“Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one’s better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on his idea, to take a calculated risk, and to act.” Maxwell Maltz
“Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?” Frank Scully
“I’m not a risk-taker; that’s probably why I write – because when you’re easily bored, but you don’t like taking risks, you end up doing it all in your head.” Catherine Jinks
The takeaway lesson: don’t let fear keep you from doing anything. In fact, sometimes the best thing you could do is try something radically different. It’s risky to take risks, but the rewards are exponentially higher than those of sticking with the same old thing just because it seems “safer.” It takes courage as well as a willingness to fail and be embarrassed in order to succeed – sometimes failure is actually the only way we can learn what will work better for us or how our idea might need tweaking before heading into something bigger and riskier.
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