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How do you approach the unknown?

I consider myself an optimistic person but the unknown is definitely not fun. How do you approach this?

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Irwin Stein
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Fearlessly and with your eyes open.
Jory Des Jardins
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BlogHer Co-Founder | startup advisor | revenue scale and growth expert | digital media innovator | content strategist
I set a limit on what I'm willing to risk should things not turn out. This is more a psychological trick than anything else, given every time I've done this and approached that limit, I've stuck it out. Your outlook on what's "unknown" changes as you go. What's unknown becomes known, and there's a new unknown. There's always a new unknown. And you get used to making bigger, broader bets. And you know when to fold them, but you have to play to know that limit.
Didier Lucotte
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Didier Lucotte Entrepreneur
Product Manager Hosting and Managed Services at Manx Telecom
The unknown for me is not fun or not fun, as it is unknown. I think it is your relationshipto it that you call not fun. Real creation, even simple creation from our everyday lives, always emerge from the unknown. This may be another (more fun) way to relate to the unknown :-)
Dane H. Madsen
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Dane H. Madsen Entrepreneur • Advisor
CEO, SVP Business Development | Domestic & International, Product Marketing | Open to new connections
If you are a problem solver, then the unknown should not scare you. It actually can energize you to develop your skills with management of the unknown. It is the old cliche that 80% of what you worry about never happens and 80% of what happens you never worried about, so you just have to agile and be tactical and live with the understanding that it will happen.
Michael Hartzell
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What is unknown to you is not really "unknown".

In fact, if I had a nickel for every time someone said "Mike, I have a great idea... and no one else is doing it! It is totally unique!" I would have a truckload of nickels. They believed they had discovered "the unknown" to which I was the bearer of the sad news "Sorry - you are already late to the game."

If something is unknown to you....
Don't travel alone.
Then the next question will be "OK, sounds good. Who do I trust?" :)

Donavon Urfalian
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A.I. Engineer / Entrepreneur / Founder & CEO @ Umazed / Kodo Startups
You approach it with a heuristic. Let x equal the unknown. You solve the unknown with what you already know. As the relevant question/questions. Let the tension of inquiry guide you, catch yourself in act of getting the relevant insights. Ask yourself when will I have an absence of all the relevant questions, once you get there, you will be in the know.
Arthur Lipper
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Arthur Lipper Entrepreneur
Chairman of British Far East Holdings Ltd.
By limiting downside exposure. Investing is an exercise in balancing risk versus reward and the reward must be many times the risk.
James Bailey
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James Bailey Entrepreneur • Advisor
Owner at My Designs 6113 Global Connection
To quote Star Trek....."to boldly go where no man has gone before" or here's another one "no risk, no reward"

And my personal favorite. A quote from yours truly "it's not having the time of your life, it's having a life that time we'll remember"

And of course seek other peoples knowledge. These are all going great answers to this question..... Just sayin'
Rod Abbamonte
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We just approach the unknown in our life and also what we believe that we know in fact we don't.
Peter Mash
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Peter Mash Advisor
Head of Touch Business at Light Blue Optics
Not sure about the unknown.. of course it's unknown! So tend not to worry about it.. if you can't change it, then don't stress about it! But change the things you can of course.
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