Investing is a difficult game with huge rewards if you get things right, and huge losses if you get them wrong. Despite what others may make you believe, investing is less risky than you may perceive. If you take the right precautionary steps, you can easily avoid most newbie mistakes that may lead to losses.So what are the things you should be wary of when you enter the investment game?First of all, you should take advantage of opportunities whenever they present themselves. As a newbie, you may be guilty of sitting on the fence too long and not investing soon enough. By the time the average newbie actually gets around to investing in an opportunity, it has long been sucked dry by other investors.This also means that you should start investing early in your life. Don’t wait until you are 40 to start investing; the sooner you begin the better. Any money that you can set aside should be invested wisely. The sooner you start investing, the sooner you start seeing gains. Moreover, if you invest early in life, you have the chance to recover from mistakes before you hit retirement age.Next, while you should be wary of opportunities, you should be a bit bold in your investments. Many people tend to invest only a small portion of their savings into stocks or options and put the rest into a savings account where it accrues little interest. By being a bit more aggressive in your investment strategy, you could mutliply your returns ten fold.When it comes to investment, remember that there are no real experts. You may read up reams upon reams of research on the markets, spend hours reading investment magazines, or follow the wisdom of gurus, in the end, you will have to follow your gut instinct. Following the herd mentality will mostly give you low returns. Remember Warren Buffet’s oft-quoted formula: “be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful”.Finally, make sure that you diversify your investments. You don’t want to wake up one day and find all your life savings gone because you invested in a dead beat stock. Invest in multiple stocks, and multiple financial instruments to even out your financial risk.