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Let’s just say right off the bat that, obviously, in life, you need to exhibit some restraint and use your best judgment. But some individuals, in an attempt to do that, overdo it, always making the safe choice, always going the predictable route, and never taking chances. Should you literally gamble tens of thousands of dollars at a poker table? Probably not. Should you invest that money that you’ve saved, in the business of your dreams that you’ve thoroughly researched and drawn up plans for? Maybe. And it’s important to know that there is a huge difference between gambling in life, and taking smart, calculated risks—or even just being open to adventure. If you aren’t doing the latter young, it only gets harder as you age. Here is what happens later in life if you don’t take risks.

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Travel is terrifying

Your world map becomes very small. You can never imagine traveling, for example, to some place where you’d need to apply for a visa. Travel is full of too many unexpected experiences, so you’d rather stay put. But if you travel often when you’re young, the unpredictable and uncontrollable isn’t so scary later.

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