Cautiousness is the good habit by which a man takes decisive action to avoid obstacles and dangers which arise as a man’s decisions play out in the world. The Cautious man is vigilant and decisively anticipates and makes appropriate course corrections to avoid dangers when the circumstances on the ground change and could threaten his plans. 

The vices opposing Cautiousness include the bad habit of Rashness by which a man “throws caution to the wind” and takes unnecessary or unknown risks in the face of danger, and Indecisiveness, by which a man becomes paralyzed and fails to take appropriate action because he is unable to assess the dangers and risks he might face. The man who lacks Cautiousnesscauses unnecessary pain and sorrow to himself and others because he fails to appropriately respond to dangers and obstacles which leads to disappointing results.