On Boldness

I’m not naturally a bold person, although reading that might surprise some people. This quote, often attributed to Goethe, has lived on my refrigerator for years. I credit it with keeping me focused on making the first step in the right direction. That focus enabled a series of career changes without letting my fear manage me (Marine biology teacher to web developer to product manager to marketer to corporate comms).

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

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