Calculated risks

“I took a calculated risk, but man am I bad at math.”

A friend of mine from facebook had this as his status and it really got me thinking. People are all about taking calculated risks. Risks about where to go to school, which people to approach, which friends to keep and which to finally let go of. Risks are a part of life, wether we want them to be or not. But the key is to make sure that regardless of what risk we take, they have to be calculated. Jumping in with your eyes closed, blindfolded, and with no one that you trust waiting to catch you is not exactly prudent thinking. Though there are times where you have to stop thinking and just go for it, it’s usually better to stop for at least one heartbeat and consider the repercussions. Double check the math, if you will. It also doesn’t hurt to have someone go through the math with you. Numbers, signs, variables. They can all be so confusing and difficult to sort out. If at all possible, going over all the factors with someone that you trust is a good idea. But then again, we don’t always have that person we can turn to. Maybe it’s that person that we have to figure things out about. I guess that’s when you run the risk of miscalculating. Bad math can hurt you, it can lead to calculated risks going awry. The problem is that we don’t know the outcome until we go through with the risks and come out the other side. So I say jump away. I’d rather regret the fact that something didn’t quite work out the way it was supposed to than regret not knowing what the outcome could have been. I think it’s worth it.

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