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I see two extremes to avoid when it comes to the issue of taking risks.




  • Being a person who takes risks just for the sake of taking risks.  They don’t think about the negative consequences.
  • Being a person who watches life pass them by because they’ve become paralyzed at the face of risk.  They don’t think enough about the potential reward.
Both are potentially dangerous don’t you think?
What are some areas in your life where you are needing to face the challenge?
Wherever you may be today, here are some great quotes to inspire you in your journey:
Here are my Top 20 Quotes on Taking Risks:

1.  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

2. There’s as much risk in doing nothing as in doing something.- Trammell Crow

3. A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.- Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

4. We cannot discover new oceans until we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Muriel Chen

5. Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. – African proverb

6. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. – Unknown

7. It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.- Elinor Smith

8. There are three kinds of people: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who ask, “What happened?” – Casey Stengel

9. If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything, is ready, we shall never begin.- Ivan Turgenev

10. We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success. – Henry David Thoreau

11. The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.- Goethe

12. Opportunity dances with those on the dance floor. – Unknown

13. You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that is where the fruit is.- Will Rogers

14. The harder you fight to hold on to specific assumptions, the more likely there’s gold in letting go of them.- John Seely Brown

15. 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

16. There is no security in life, only opportunity.-Douglas MacArthur

17. To win, you have to risk loss.- Jean-Claude Killy

18. If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone. – John Maxwell

19. Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.- T.S. Eliot

20. Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.”-Frederick B. Wilcox

What risks are you facing or have you faced?  How do you hope it will work out?  How did it work out for you?

Which one of these stuck out to you the most?  Do you have a favorite quote on taking risks that is not listed here? Share it!

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