10 Quotes to Inspire You to Take a Risk

Success doesn't come without risks, a course of action most people naturally avoid.

Let's look at a few inspiring quotes to give us a different perspective on this. 

1. "I will tell you how to become rich. Close the doors. Be fearful when others are greedy. Be greedy when others are fearful." - Warren Buffett

Warren Buffet, the 2nd richest man in the world, believes that the key to success is not being influenced by the the majority. He pushes it even further in advocating going against the crowd.   

2. "In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable." - Robert Arnott

Get out of your comfort zone. Experiment with new things and drive innovation. As Star Trek's William Shatner once said, "Go where no man has gone before.”

3. "The individual investor should act consistently as an investor and not as a speculator." - Ben Graham

Know when NOT to take risks. If investing is not your full time job, then do not even consider risky financial transactions for quick profits. Say "no" to day trading. 

4. “Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.” — Chinese proverb

The best things in life don’t come knocking on your door. You will need to look for, and even work for it.

5. “Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.” — General George Patton

WWII's legendary military man, Gen. George Patton, believes that risk-taking isn't all about making guesses. Instead, it's all about proper timing and precisely forecasting the outcome of your (possible) actions.

6. “Opportunity dances with those on the dance floor.” — Anonymous

Opportunities won't find you. You're the one who needs to see them. Surround yourself with the right people, and put yourself in the right places. 

7. “99 percent of success is built on failure.” — Charles Kettering

 Don't let a little failure get you down. Learn from your mistakes and turn your weaknesses into strengths.

8. “If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.” — Geena Davis

Man up by getting out of your comfort zone if you want to achieve something. 

9. “Danger can never be overcome without taking risks.” — Latin Proverb

Keep on moving forward! Those who stand still are often run over. 

10. “I’ll play it first, and tell you what it is later.” — Miles Davis

There has been a lot of speculation as to what Miles Davis really meant. Our take is this: you may not have everything figured out when you start something, but don't let that stop you. Part of the process may mean pivoting and improvising before you finally figure things out. 

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