A quote I reflect upon often
"Better a little caution than a great regret." George S. Clason, the Richest Man in Babylon
This is true. But if one takes a lot of caution, it would appear that caution itself in the end could result in a great regret. This could be due to a range of options:
- Delayed action,
- Decision fatigue resulting in a poor decision,
- Decision regret post decision-making (due to the additional time spent investigating alternatives),
- Missing an opportunity entirely, or
- Something else.
But which is the better default position; is better to have a little or a lot of caution? Or does this depend on the topic at hand? Which leads to a lesser regret?
How much caution do you take in difference aspects of your life?