"20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the things you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain
Over the past 3 or 4 days I have been bombarded with messages of take risks, live life, dream big, take the hard road, don't play it safe, etc. etc. etc. I really enjoy these types of messages and find that I need them to shed the concerns and stresses of the ultimately insignificant day to day challenges. 99% of the time I am a big picture dreamer with a "conquer the world" attitude. Ironically though, the messages coming at me have come when I have not quite been myself - and through very different channels.
John A. Shedd wrote "A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for." This is a great illustration of our purpose to meet challenges head on. So many people simply survive their life, never daring to put up their sail and brave the uncharted waters. The world is full of dream killers and doubters. Don't fall into that trap. The only way to guarantee that nothing will ever happen to you is to never try to make anything happen. Have you ever met anyone who is waiting for "their opportunity"? It's NOT COMING!!! Go get it! This applies to all aspects of your life. This is experience with your family and kids, life goals, worldly accomplishments or business ADVENTURE.
I challenge you to go out and create an experience for you and for people around you. You are wired to shoot for goals that, to others, seem impossible. Take the risks because they are not risks, they are experiences. You will learn and advance regardless of the outcome. Failure is not an option and you will succeed. In the end, you will have many colorful stories to tell and that, my friends, is when you can say you did it right because it was hard and it was fun!
"Of all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these: It might have been." - John Greenleaf Whittier
- JP Stockton