"If I had to live my life all over again, I'd make all the same mistakes... only sooner!" Tallulah Bankhead
"Progress always involves risk. You can't steal second base and still keep one foot on first." Frederick B. Wilcox
Playing it safe suckers us into selling ourselves short. If you're holding back to avoid anything getting broken, don't expect to experience a break through. Risk doesn't ensure reward. But refusing to take chances is a recipe for stagnation. Our brains benefit from taking initiative. And even when things backfire, there's nothing like a fiasco to focus our attention and force us to think fast on our feet. To tweak the old truism- If necessity is the mother of invention... failure is the father! When fallibility strikes, innovators break the mold (and in Alexander Fleming's case turn moldy bread into the miraculous medicine, Penicillin). History is full of such happy accidents. Fate may be fickle, but it favors exploration- and shows a decided fondness for the daring over the timid.
Intent (memo to self)
Today, I am pushing the edge, confident that even if I flop, failure will prove good fertilizer for future ingenuity.
Special thanks to Rob Peck for sharing his weekly column with our readers. To learn more about Rob and his business, Zestworks, visit his website, http://www.zestworks.com
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