Taking Chances

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“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

 Michelangelo

     This important quote by Michelangelo signifies vision, the courage to take chances, and the “dare to believe” mentality.  I, myself, believe that anyone has the potential to achieve anything and everything – that ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things.  Of course hard work and discipline as well as goal setting is part of the process, but before all that occurs is the belief, the kernel, that the possibility is out there and the confidence in oneself to achieve what you have set out to do.  Also, to accomplish something unusual one must see the situation and the world in a different light than others.  Another funny quote I stumbled upon (I get most of them from Brainy Quote) today was:

The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.”

~Jim Hightower
 
     When everyone looks at some of the great individuals of history, such as Jesus Christ, Aristotle, or Mahatma Gandhi they might assume that these individuals had some particular genius or talent that made them stand out.  They may forget that they, like us, have some innate ability and at some point had a vision, however, they had the courage and the will to go against the mainstream and to do what was right in their hearts regardless of the circumstances.  We too can achieve great things, but you must first have a vision that is unique and worthwhile.  Then you must have the courage and steadfastness to pursue that dream with unrelenting pursuit with every fiber of your body – that is how to succeed.  I’ll leave you with this cool Steve Harvey quote, happy succeedings my friends!  🙂
 
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