"Don't put all your eggs in one basket," is another way of saying it. Don't make your focus in life too narrow. Keep your options open, so that if one door closes, there are a few others that are still open.
Politicians will say to those pushing the envelope, "cover your ass." That is, make sure that you have a back up story, an alibi, a way of getting out of the "fix" you may be getting yourself in. I am sure there are many more phrases that say the same thing. They are colourful and convey the message, in an image or a few well chosen words.
No phrase, though, is as striking, as Archy's (the cockroach from my last post) take on the whole situation -
if you will drink
hair restorer follow
every dram with some
as a chaser
|Cockroach Canapes maybe :)|
OK, so maybe you have to be a cockroach to really appreciate the metaphor. I am back to Archy and I may come back to him again. We can learn from cockroaches, they have been on this earth longer than man - there is something to be said for collective wisdom!!
Then again there is something to be said for those who put all their eggs in one basket for one glorious moment. This is from another of Archy's "posts" -
The Lesson of the Moth
As pragmatic as most of us are, most of the time, I think that there lives within each of us that small dark death wish - that desire to have something so all consuming that we would give up everything for it!!!
Have an amazing day