In 1991 I attended a personal development course that would change the course of my life.
It shook up my thinking, it introduced me to a whole new set of peers, and it awakened my love for business and education (of the non-traditional kind).
It was shortly after that that I first read this poem. It spoke to me immediately. It gave me wings.
And even today, it’s one of my go-to inspirations when I feel afraid to move forward.
I hope you’ll enjoy it.
Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
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
A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have 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, power and magic in it.”
W.N. Murray (1951)
The Scottish Himalayan Expedition
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