Is it true that a life without challenges and risks is not worth living? Please state your reasons and real-life evidences.Thanks!

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One might stop and consider the connotation for the word challenges and the connotation for the word risks. Challenges has a more positive connotation while risks implies a more negative idea. Certainly, the challenges an individual faces and overcomes makes life more eventful and possibly more productive and rewarding. While risks implies a degree of carelessness or unwarranted danger. However, to say that life is not worth living without either of these elements would be an inaccurate sweeping generalization.

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For myself, I would not take this mantra on as a personal philosophy...but I have certainly acted on the idea. There have been several occasions in my professional life where I felt that I needed to move on because I was not being challenged enough. Movement certainly entailed risk in my case.

This pattern may continue for me, however, even if it does continue I will not be making my decisions to pursue challenges as the result of an agreement with the principle in question. 

Challenge is good. Yes. But challenge is not necessarily essential to a worthwhile life.

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Risks are what make life interesting.  They add flavor to life, just as seasoning adds flavor to food.  If you don't take a risk, nothing will change.  The benefits in life usually come from doing something different.  Living a safe life is basically living a boring life.

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I wouldn't go so far as to say that it wouldn't be worth living. I would say that if people have aspirations, they won't achieve them, in all likelihood, without taking risks and accepting challenges. But the other side to this is that once a person is in a situation where they have family or others that depend on them, they really have to weigh risks against the possible rewards. At some point, taking risks could be seen as somewhat irresponsible in these situations.

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