Blog Post #242 – Nothing Ventured, nothing gained

Blog post #242 – Nothing ventured, nothing gained

Back to adages.  Today – “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

The meaning should be fairly obvious – do nothing, get nothing in return.  

There are other similar statements:

  • A turtle only makes progress by sticking his neck out
  • You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take (in basketball)
  • Do nothing, be nothing

A lot of this goes back to goals.  The bigger the goals, the bigger the steps to achieve them.  If you are successful – you will get great returns; even if not successful but you have worked on it, you are a changed person inside you – and WILL make progress as you step out.

As I frequently do, here is a Biblical perspective:  The Parable of the Talents.

A man was going on a journey and called three servants in.  To one, he gave 10 talents (a footnote in the version I am using says “A talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years’ wages for a laborer”; to another five talents and to a third one talent.  He commanded them to make use of the talents.  When he returned the man with 10 had been faithful and had doubled the amount to 20; the man with 5 also had used the money and doubled it to 10; but the third had wrapped up his 1 talent and hidden it away.  The man took that 1 talent and gave it to the first servant.  He said “And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

We all have some ability – whether simply just to work hard and be diligent and save – or with other talents – and we are to venture forth and gain from those talents.

We periodically hear of people working for fast food places (or other low income jobs) that persevere and become very successful.  

So, nothing ventured, nothing gained – what will that mean for you today?

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Posted by Bruce White

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