The Wisdoms Project


Risk Taking


I love living on the edge.  Life is so much juicier, more electrifying, more in focus, more exciting when the possibilities of success and failure are so sharply defined.  From riding my bike “no hands” down a hill when I was a kid to driving open cockpit/open wheel Formula racing cars and whitewater rafting later in life.  From studying for high school tests just the night before to voicing a controversial business idea that may get me shot down.


I look at it this way….I ride this bike a lot.  I’ve developed a fine feel for it and for the road.  I know my limits.  I’m not going to take stupid chances….but I am going to take chances.  That’s where the excitement is.  That great rush of air going by.  That satisfying thrill of achievement made even sweeter by the sense of danger.  And if I fall off….so I get cut and bruised….and that’s an experience, too.  And life goes on.


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Those who dare....do.
Those who dare not....do not.

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Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even the greatest triumph would be a dull, routine and eminently unsatisfying affair.
J. Paul Getty

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                          Living is like licking honey off a thorn.

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                        Why not go out on a limb? That's where all the fruit is.

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                                Life begins just outside of your comfort zone.

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I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze
than it should be stifled by dry rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow,
than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The proper function of people is to live, not just to exist.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.
Jack London

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To make an omelet,
you have to break some eggs.

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                     In all crises of human affairs, there are two broad courses open to us:
                                                                           You can stay where you are or you can go elsewhere.

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It is only by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life.
       Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
               The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you were looking for.
    Joseph Campbell

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All doors open to new worlds.
You must go through the door.
Temple Grandin  

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                       Do not be afraid to be afraid.

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Opportunity always involves some risk.
You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.

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         You cannot discover new oceans
                         ….unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

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     Don’t Rain On My Parade
                            Lyrics by Bob Merrill.  Music by Jule Styne.
            Sung by Barbra Streisand.
                (From the musical and film “Funny Girl”)

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Don't tell me not to fly; I've simply got to.

If someone takes a spill, it's me and not you.
Who told you you're allowed to rain on my parade?
                   
All life is juicy.
               Juicy and you'll see….I'm gonna have my bite, sir.

Get ready for me love, 'cause I'm a comin'.
I've simply got to march; my heart's a drummin'.
                   Nobody, but nobody better rain on my parade.

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Those who are willing to face the music….may some day lead the band.

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If you never stick your neck out,
you'll never get your head above the crowd.

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I've always been encouraged or sometimes forced to confront the very natural fear of being wrong. I was constantly pushed to find out what I really thought and then to speak up. Over time, I came to see that waiting to discover which way the wind is blowing is an excellent way to learn how to be a follower.
Roger Enrico
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If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much.
                            Lewis Carroll

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The fastest way to succeed is to double your failure rate.
    Thomas Watson
 
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                        You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
                                Wayne Gretzky

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When in doubt make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth.  So what the hell….leap.

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Being on the tightrope is living….everything else is waiting.
 Karl Wallenda

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                      Courage is not the absence of fear....
                                                                but the ability to carry on with dignity in spite of fear.
           Scott Turow

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Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
                          Marie Curie

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To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
                                           Pierre  Corneille

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                      Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
                                      Helen Keller

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Our dilemma is that we hate change, but we love it at the same time.
What we want is for things to remain the same, but to get better.
          Sydney Harris

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The price of doing the same old thing is usually far higher than the price of change.
                                                                    Bill Clinton

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Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent.
                  Erica Jong

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The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.
Ernest Hemingway

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            The vision must be followed by the venture.
                                                         It is not enough to stare up the steps.  
                                                                              We must step up the stairs.
                                Vance Havner

I guess I can’t really change the past since it is now history. I certainly cannot change tomorrow, for I am not promised it.  But I can change the way I live today.  This realization in itself is the root of not only
who I want to be tomorrow, but who I am working on being today.

Never again do I want to fail at anything without an attempt.  I want to push myself to my fullest potential….and if that means that I fall a few times along the way, then so be it.  But I will no longer allow
myself to just give up.

I deserve better….and it is time that I start believing that.
Nadia Kelifa


                       It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare
                                                                             ….it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
 Seneca

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The gods favor the bold.
Ovid

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Do one thing every day that scares you.
                              Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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                                A ship in the harbor is safe….but that is not what ships were built for.
Grace Hopper

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                      The greatest mistake you can make in life
                                                                    is to be continually fearing that you will make one.
Elbert Hubbard

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Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.
Sophia Loren

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Some days you tame the tiger and some days the tiger has you for lunch.
Tug McGraw
 
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You probably should stop doing handyman jobs around your home if:
     -Post-It Notes stay up longer than the tiles you installed.
     -Your baby’s first word is “Fire!”
     -Everyone at the Emergency Room knows you by your first name.
     -Guests often ask, “Do you smell smoke?”
     -Your neighbors stopped loaning you tools for fear of being named as accessories.


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Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions.  All life is an experiment.  The more experiments you make the better.  What if they are a little coarse and you may get your coat soiled or torn?  What if you fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice.  Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
Ralph Waldo Emerson