„No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24, NIV)
Sometimes, I try and take risks. And, more often than not, things fail.
You can’t have both a risky situation and lots of things going in your favor. You need to pick your battles.
What should you focus on? The most important things, whatever those may be for you.
While this may seem minor, establishing what needs to be done is, in my opinion, fundamental.
Everything depends on what a person decides to do/avoid.
There was an issue recently about fake news in the media. The media outlet had two options – risk their reputation and be the first to come out with the news vs. wait a bit and confirm the news. Each option has consequences.
As I see it, there are two options:
- You have some procedures, and you always follow them – this rules out some opportunities, but there’s little risk.
- You don’t have procedures, or you don’t follow them at times. Also, you might lack some skills or information (perhaps from experience) at some point and make poor decisions. This might lead to issues, but at times it may prove worthwhile to follow your instincts. But, all-in-all, not having procedures / not following them / not being skilled enough / not having enough data / following your instincts brings some risks. You need to acknowledge these.
If you play the lottery, you take some risks in order to win. But I think the odds are against you, and you’re better off doing other things with your money.
Another example – most people put their phones on silent when they go see a show. But what happens if there’s an Emergency Message (they get sent even loud on Silent Mode activated)? People take risks by leaving their phones on silent, yet most of them do.
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