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Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. 

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1828, by Joseph Karl Stieler; Public Domain)

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When something is important enough you do it, even if the odds are not in your favor.

— Elon Musk (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

Early on, Musk noted the odds of Tesla and SpaceX being successful at “about 10%.” Yet he forged ahead with both, and we see the spectacular results.

—Mike Hazell

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Evils in the journey of life are like the hills which alarm travelers on the road. Both appear great at a distance, but when we approach them we find they are far less insurmountable than we had conceived.

— Charles Caleb Colton (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

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Pushing the Envelope

How will you know just how far you can go at any given point in time unless you are pushing the envelope? Testing the limits of what is possible can only be gauged by going beyond your comfort level. By doing so consistently, you not only test your limits, you extend them.

— Mike Hazell (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

We’ve all done some audacious things in our lives that might make us cringe or perhaps get a little embarrassed as we look back on them. But let’s challenge that emotional response. Ask yourself a few questions about the incident. Did you survive? (Obviously you did.) Did you learn something from the experience? In the big scheme of things, did it really hurt you to go for it, regardless of the response? Life is not always about taking the most obvious or clearly marked route. Never be afraid to make bold moves, and then stand by your decision. You might even end up with a great story to tell down the road. 

—Mike Hazell

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In strength training, it is resistance combined with repetition that builds muscle. In life, it is the exact same combination that builds results. Like an athlete on a strict physical regimen, put yourself in the arena of life on a continual basis. Once you commit to doing this, you will be amazed at what you begin to achieve in short order.

—Mike Hazell

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In order to have an enemy, one must be somebody. One must be a force before they can be resisted by another force. A malicious enemy is better than an aloof friend. 

Madame Sophie Swetchine (pron “SVYEE-chen”; Public Domain)

(Madame Swetchine was a Russian mystic who converted to Catholicism in 1815 and, as a result, was forced to emigrate to Paris.) 

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Keller on Boldness

Security is mostly an illusion. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

—Helen Keller (1920; Public Domain)

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Boldness be my friend.

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William Shakespeare (Public domain)

…It is so easy to remain in our comfort zone, maintain the status quo. But, in the eloquent words of Pope Benedict XVI, “you were not made for comfort, you were made for greatness.” Greatness in your own unique way.

If we don’t push the boundaries of our little comfort bubble, our mind begins to atrophy. Our dreams wither and our ambitions die a slow death. But, if we live with a calculated, controlled boldness, something amazing happens. First—and this is the hard part—we face immediate resistance. We open ourselves up to criticism and the unknown. It is not easy and it is not comfortable. However, if we maintain our bold mindset in the face of this resistance, we suddenly begin to experience life once again. That spark, that excitement, that passion we used to feel all the time when we were younger.

When we live with boldness as our friend, we still may not end up precisely where we set out for, but the Journey will have been incredible.

MSH

 

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It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate, than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.

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Herodotus (b: 485 BC, photo: public domain)

…this is always a better choice than inaction, though it may take some time for us to realize it.

MSH

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Freedom lies in being bold.

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—Robert Frost

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