Charles Payne

"On top of that, you needed persistence, practicality, stinginess, innovation, ruthlessness and fearlessness. The greatest hurdle to fortune was the desire for safety- as addictive as crack cocaine, but much worse for you."

-Felix Dennis

Last month, Felix Dennis, who passed away at age 67, left an indelible mark on the planet that was part maverick and part conservationist in all its guts and glory. His personal life and peccadilloes are not what is noteworthy, although they will make for a great movie one day. It was his willingness to take risks and ignore popular conviction in order to build a publishing magazine in the twilight era of magazine publishing. The creator of "Maxim" and "The Week," he began his journey penniless up until the time he got the job as co-editor at "Oz" magazine.

We are always enthralled and enamored with rags-to-riches stories that layout a blueprint that includes risk-taking, hard work, and commitment.

Yet, when it comes to changing our own lives, such attributes are checked at the door in favor of safety and a static life, where daydreaming is as close as we get to achieving the real-life desired.

Risk Aversion

A description of an investor who, when faced with two investments with a similar expected return (but different risks), will prefer the one with the lower risk.

A risk-averse investor dislikes risk, and therefore, will stay away from adding high-risk stocks or investments to their portfolio and in turn, will often lose out on higher rates of return. Investors looking for "safer" investments will generally stick to index funds and government bonds, which generally have lower returns.

When it comes to investing, running a business or country, accepting limited returns means limited improvement, often coming up short of goals.

Check out the headlines this week:

A scathing report says the United Nations and international non-government organizations are playing their budgets so close to the vest, and focused so much on administrative and personnel, that they are "feeding the headquarters beast," rather than responding to humanitarian emergencies.

A driving force of risk aversion is when particular monetary demands have top priority and more certain outcomes of investment and time limit the options for the rest of the organization.

Charles Payne

Charles V. Payne is a regular contributor to the Fox Business and Fox News Networks. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Principle Analyst of Wall Street Strategies, Inc. (WSSI), founded in 1991 which provides subscription analytical services to both individual and institutional investors.

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