The difference between the prudent and the simpleton is in their response to danger signs. When the dentist mentions to work on flossing, the prudent person changes their daily habit. By blindly moving forward and not taking action, we are forced to take more painful action later on such as having a difficult conversation, foreclosure, or painful oral surgery. What danger do you foresee that you could take action on today?
A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
~ Proverbs 27:12 [NLT]