There’s a difference between having regret after taking a risk and failing and having regret after not taking a risk at all. Yes, technically you don’t fail if you don’t try. But which brings on a greater feeling of regret? Trying and failing or not trying at all? This quote, by John Izzo, reminds us that failure can also be defined by the decision to not risk failure. As it turns out, most people are not so much haunted by the regret of trying and failing as they are haunted by the regret of not risking failure.
The key is to keep this in mind when tempted to not risk failure, meanwhile making sure you’re taking wise risks.