Litigious Culture Saps U.S. Enterprise Samuel Johnson, back in the 18th century, said that taking risks is worthwhile because it is the “risk of the certainty of little for the chance of much.” However, these days, people infrequently talk about “risks worth taking.” Risk is seen as a negative.

Yet the entrepreneurs and inventors who have explored and expanded the boundaries of human knowledge, and increased our wealth over the centuries, often took great risks to improve the quality of our lives.

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