“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 not 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 would have dreamed would come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.”
The Scottish Himalayan Expedition
I just discovered – just this very minute – that the KEY is “boldness”. Goethe is talking about new beginnings, about taking your life into your own hands. He is talking about actually doing instead of dreaming. What he says is, “Boldness has genius, magic and power in it.”
A friend of mine says that the world is a giant high school and I believe he’s right. We’re all petrified freshman walking down that hallway for the first time, clutching our packs, glancing nervously about, petrified to death of what somebody might say or somebody might think. Our everyday actions are motivated by fear, by insecurity, or some ugly mix of the two.
That’s why we’re so attracted to bold people – the Steve Jobs’ and the Bob Dylan’s and the Ellen Degeneres’s of the world.
Those kinds of people are magical. They aren’t like the rest of us. Power is in their spirit, magic in the wells of their eyes.
Everyday I want to become a little bit bolder and a little less afraid. There’s no neutral zone – I’m either moving in one direction or the other.