Is there an idiom or a proverb meaning 'if you don't know how to do something, then don't start doing it in the first place?'
Your friend accepts to do a research project for someone but he doesn't know how statistics works. He asks you to help him out. You want to say something like 'If you don't know how to fly, then don't jump off the cliff.'
My best find up to now is 'If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen' but it doesn't imply knowing or not knowing something. It's more about persistence or tolerance.