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Benefits of Taking Risks

“The first thing you get is LEARNING. When you ask new questions, when you try new things, when you take constructive risks, you can’t help but learn. The American philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson put it this way, “All life is an experiment. The more experiments, the better.”

The second benefit of constructive risk is SELF-ESTEEM.  Champion boxer Muhammad Ali spoke about that. He said, “The man who views the world at 50 the same way he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” In other words, it’s difficult to have self-esteem if you’re not growing.

The third benefit of constructive risk is CONTENTMENT. As you go through life, you will have millions of choices, and you will have millions of decisions to make. All of those choices and decisions involve some degree of risk, but some risks are not worth taking. Some risks are just plain foolish.

However, there are lots of choices you should make, and lots of risks you should take. If you don’t take those particular risks, you won’t be content. In those cases, it’s risk or regret. You either do it or wish you would have.”

Dr. Alan Zimmerman
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When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


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“The most eloquent of American presidents, Lincoln seemed to have a comment – sagacious or humorous – on just about anything that mattered. This concise compendium offers his astute observations on a variety of subjects-from women to warfare.

Quotations are arranged chronologically within such topics as family and friends, the law, politics and the presidency, story-telling, religion, and morality. Students, writers, public speakers, and other readers will find this thought-provoking and entertaining volume an excellent introduction to the sixteenth president’s wit, common sense, and insight.”

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The Hare and the Tortoise

A hare was continually poking fun at a tortoise because of the slowness of his pace.  The tortoise tried not to be annoyed by the jeers of the hare, but one day in the presence of the other animals he was goaded into challenging the hare to a foot race.

“Why, this is a joke,” said the hare.  You know that I can run circles around you.”  “Enough of your boasting,” said the tortoise.  “Let’s get on with the race.”

The fox was made the supervisor, and the lion the judge. There was a starting point and a point marking the end, fixed by the fox.  Both the competitors started their race at the same time. The hare ran faster. He was naturally much ahead of the tortoise.

Now on his way the hare wanted to take a little rest under a tree, because he was sure of his win. And he soon felt asleep.

On the other hand, the tortoise moved slowly but steadily without any rest. He reached the destination before the hare arrived. When the hare awoke with a start, it was too late to save the race.  Much ashamed, he crept away while all the animals at the finish line acclaimed the winner.

Moral: Slow and steady wins the race.

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Aesop’s The Crow and the Pitcher

Then he took another pebble and dropped it into the

Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the
Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the
Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the
Pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the
Pitcher. At last, at last, he saw the water mount up near him; and
after casting in a few more pebbles he was able to quench his thirst
and save his life.
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The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one’s
opportunities, and to make the most of one’s resources.

— Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues (1715-1747) French Essayist

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