Never Compete with Someone who has Nothing to Lose

The struggle will be unequal. One of the contestants enters the fray unencumbered, for he has already lost everything, even his shame. He has cast off everything, has nothing further to lose, and throws himself headlong into all sorts of insolence.

Never risk your precious reputation on such a person. It took many years to win it, and it can be lost in a moment, on something far from momentous. One breath of scandal freezes much honorable sweat.

The righteous person knows how much is at stake. He knows what can damage his reputation, and, because he commits himself prudently, he proceeds slowly, so that prudence has ample time to retreat. Not even if he triumphs will he win back what he lost by exposing himself to the risk of losing.

People who have nothing to lose are hungry for success, and they do not stop till they get what they want. In a boxing ring, a person without any family or friends will be ready to endure any suffering and will fight till his last breath. However, a boxer with a family and friends will take calculated steps to ensure that he emerges safe from the competition. To him, safety will be of a higher priority as compared to winning.

Summing-up: It is true that if you compete with someone who has nothing to lose, you are sure to be defeated in that race. A person who has nothing to lose has no fear.

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