All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it’s impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively.
Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth.
Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.
The power of this passage from The Prince is that it resonates...with anyone & everyone.
Whatever you are struggling with that is uniquely yours - this fits.
You might be heading to work today, facing another long commute and scarcely productive day at your job.
Or, maybe you haven't been able to pull the trigger on actually working on your new project... The one you have been thinking about for months. "What if it doesn't get off the ground...?"
It is easy to stay on your current route. I definitely know the feeling.
Consider the outcome...
Making a mistake of ambition will lead to growth, eventually success.
Making a mistake of sloth - being careless & apathetic in your obligations - is a mistake that leads to regret.
Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. -Niccolo Machiavelli
What decisive action are you going to take?
Have you already let your ambition guide your actions? What are you working on?