"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."
--- Henry Ford
Every now and then, we all mess up. We say the wrong thing, make a mistake in calculating an estimate, forget to return important phone calls, etc. The key is to remember what led to the screw up and make corrections for the next, upcoming situations.
Some mistakes are much larger than others and the price is greater because of the larger risk involved. It is at these moments that we question our decision-making and possibly stifle our confidence level.
"Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street."
--- Knox Manning
I have a friend, (seriously, I have friends!), who was disgusted with the recent interview of a high school football player he read about. The football player told the reporter that he will play his four years in college before turning professional because he promised his mama.
My friend commented, "That is sweet and mushy and all, but this kid is only a high school freshman! What if he blows out his knee before even entering college? This kid is cocky and thinks he is Superman and doesn't have a clue what awaits him!"
"We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery."
--- Samuel Smiles
My friend was obviously upset by the naivety of this youngster, but the football player is optimistic about the future. We can learn from him by being less cautious in our business decisions, yet season those decisions with our life experiences. We may know the possibilities of "blowing out a knee," but we charge ahead with the full belief that we will succeed in the pros, while at the same time doing stretching exercises for our knee.
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."
--- Helen Keller
Taking risks in business doesn't mean that I have to gamble on my company's future. I can calculate the risks involved and when I clearly see that the reward is worth the risks, I know to move forward.
"I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often."
--- Brian Tracy
Risk avoidance is a safe plan for running your business. For example, you could sit still and avoid taking a risk to expand your business and increase your profits by learning vehicle vinyl wraps and diversifying your skill set in order to offer more to your customers. You could eliminate the discomfort of long hours learning something new and risking losing any existing customers.
On the other hand, you may be risking losing a larger portion of your customer base to a company that offers more. You see, your business is all about risk. Some low risk, some high and you have to decide which road to take. The point is that risk avoidance is often the low road.
"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
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In a house near us there was a sign that read: (sent to us by D'Sign Shop, Aibonito Puerto Rico)
"Beware of the Dog! Do not step on him"
In the window of a Travel Agency:
In an ad for a swimwear store:
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