Unwilling to take risk
Once someone asked a farmer if he had planted wheat for the season. The farmer replied "No. I was afraid it wouldn't rain." The man asked, "Did you plant corn?" The farmer said, "No. I was afraid that insects would eat the corn." Then the man asked, "What did you plant?" The farmer said, "Nothing. I played it safe."
"Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use."
- Charles Schultz
Success involves taking calculated risks. Risk-taking does not mean gambling foolishly and behaving irresponsibly. People sometimes mistake irresponsible and rash behavior as risk-taking.
Risk-taking is relative. The concept of risk varies from person to person and can be result of training. To both a trained mountain climber and a novice, mountain climbing is risky, but to a trained person it is not irresponsible risk-taking. Responsible risk-taking is based on knowledge, training, careful study, confidence and competence - factors that give you the courage to act while facing fear. The person who never attempts anything risky makes no mistakes. However, not making the attempt is often a bigger mistake than making the attempt and failing.
Indecision is habit forming and contagious Many opportunities are lost because of indecision. Take risks, but don't gamble. Risk-takers move ahead with open eyes. Gamblers shoot in the dark.