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“You don’t concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.” – Chuck Yeager
Today we focus almost exclusively on the risk of any new endeavor, not the results. Yet Chuck Yeager is right – if the potential results justify it, the risks are worth taking. But nothing ever gets done if you consider the risks as more important than the results and concentrate on the risks instead of the results.
Note the word “necessary” in the quote. He isn’t talking about a “Hey, y’all hold muh beer and watch this!” risk. He is talking about a goal that is worth achieving, whether it is breaking the sound barrier, placing a man in orbit, landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely, or landing on Mars for the first time. Or even more prosaic, everyday jobs – taking a container ship from its departure port to a destination, finishing a building, or writing a book.