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Old 03-30-2004, 12:39 PM   #1
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Default Taking a chance VS. making bad decisions

So how does taking a chance compare to making a bad decision. I mean, if I'm taking a chance, there is the potential for failure, which is essentially the same as making a bad decision? Anyone have any insight into this phenomena...?
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Old 03-30-2004, 12:45 PM   #2
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It's all about measured risk. If there's not much potential for harming yourself or others, go for it. Life is too short, blah blah blah. Err on the side of embarassing or mildly injuring yourself, at least you'll have good stories later.
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Old 03-30-2004, 12:45 PM   #3
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1. Taking a chance implies you have no idea of what the outcome may be.

2. Making a bad decision means that you know it's not right for you, but you do it anyway


Big difference
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Old 03-30-2004, 12:48 PM   #4
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1. Taking a chance implies you have no idea of what the outcome may be.

2. Making a bad decision means that you know it's not right for you, but you do it anyway


Big difference
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For example,
taking a chance: playing dodge the train in your car.

Bad decesion: staying in your car, on the tracks, and not moving when the train comes.
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Old 03-30-2004, 12:52 PM   #5
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1. Taking a chance implies you have no idea of what the outcome may be.

2. Making a bad decision means that you know it's not right for you, but you do it anyway


Big difference
Very true. But is there an instance where it may not be so black and white??
Say for instance, in love. For example (and yes this is hypothetical): a person is married, they meet someone else and, while reamaining faithful to their spouse, they are faced with the choice of leaving their spouse to pursue this other person that they are pretty sure they have fallen in love with.

Now, the original person hasn't cheated on their spouse - so if they left their spouse to be with the other person b/c they think they'd be happier, is that taking a risk or making a bad decision??

Edit: basically, decisions can be bad only in hindsight, correct?
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Old 03-30-2004, 12:53 PM   #6
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2. Making a bad decision means that you know it's not right for you, but you do it anyway

Off to make another bad decision...............where'd I put those scissors.
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Old 03-30-2004, 12:57 PM   #7
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Say for instance, in love. For example (and yes this is hypothetical): a person is married, they meet someone else and, while reamaining faithful to their spouse, they are faced with the choice of leaving their spouse to pursue this other person that they are pretty sure they have fallen in love with.

Now, the original person hasn't cheated on their spouse - so if they left their spouse to be with the other person b/c they think they'd be happier, is that taking a risk or making a bad decision??
Need more info. Was the original person happy before?

A risk is taken in an effort to achieve a positive outcome. A bad decision is usually made in an effort to avoid a negative consequence, but it only make things worse. That's why it's "bad."
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More info??
(No really, it IS a hypothetical! I'm very happy!)

So.... let's say the person is moderately happy, but may feel like they have "settled".
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Very true. But is there an instance where it may not be so black and white??
Say for instance, in love. For example (and yes this is hypothetical): a person is married, they meet someone else and, while reamaining faithful to their spouse, they are faced with the choice of leaving their spouse to pursue this other person that they are pretty sure they have fallen in love with.

Now, the original person hasn't cheated on their spouse - so if they left their spouse to be with the other person b/c they think they'd be happier, is that taking a risk or making a bad decision??

Edit: basically, decisions can be bad only in hindsight, correct?
I'd say it's making a bad decision. If you love somebody enough to marry them, then you owe that relationship every chance FIRST. I fall in love with ppl everyday, (not just men, and not just sexual, I hope you know what I mean), but I wouldn't leave the person I'm with now for anybody else in the world.

In other words, the relationship that'll work is the one where your heart is. (and only if the other person's heart is there too, they're not crazy or addicted, etc) If you've allowed your heart to become divided, then there must've been something lacking in the marriage first, or that couldn't have happened. Deal with the marriage first.

So, I'd say bad decision. Does that make sense?
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Old 03-30-2004, 01:03 PM   #10
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So.... let's say the person is moderately happy, but may feel like they have "settled".
That's normal. Passion about a relationship waxes and wanes. If it has a good foundation it will be ok.
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makes total sense. That's my take on it, too actually. And I know what you mean by "falling in love with people every day" - I love meeting new people/friends!! I think that people never give marriage the benefit of the doubt, and that's why there is such a high divorce rate. I was just curious on OT's take on it...

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makes total sense. That's my take on it, too actually. And I know what you mean by "falling in love with people every day" - I love meeting new people/friends!! I think that people never give marriage the benefit of the doubt, and that's why there is such a high divorce rate. I was just curious on OT's take on it...

Good. I also think that everybody looks better than your spouse or SO at some point, just for the simple fact that you don't have the routine with them, you don't argue about money with them, they don't irritate you with the way the leave the top off the toothpaste, etc. You get my point, I'm sure.

But remember this, the hot guy you're ogling at the supermarket is somebody else's perpetual pain in the ass, and prolly leaves his socks all over the house, demands control of the remote, and drinks straight out of the milk carton....etc. It's better to focus on the good things you know about your spouse, rather than focusing on the imagined good things of a stranger.
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Old 03-30-2004, 02:22 PM   #14
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So if I sell my car, and decide to take off for the summer cross country via motorcycle, just cause I'm fed up with my life right now, is this taking a chance, or making a bad decision?? I have no real obligations right now, have been living in New England my entire life, and would like to get out and check out other parts of the country. I know the grass is never greener anywhere else, but I'm interested in seeing what other parts of the U.S are like, and having some time to myself to try and figure out what to do with my life. So would this be considered taking a chance, by going against the social norms (settle down and deal with it) or a foolish decision?
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