Monday, April 21st, 2014

There Are No Timid Explorers


The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.
- Dale Carnegie

Slow, timid and careful don’t get into the history books. They don’t create new industries or set new world records. Nobody talks about slow, timid and careful people, except to snicker at them.

There’s an old saying that “a ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” If you have so far lived your entire life safe in the harbor, you’ve frittered away your own birthright to go out, discover and learn.

You’ve cheated yourself more shamefully than the boldest thief.

Mark Twain wrote “Twenty years from now you will look back more regretfully upon the things you didn’t do than those you did. So set free the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor. Dream. Explore. Discover.”

But will you do that? If you haven’t yet given in to the urge to go see what lies beyond the hill that blocks your view, will you ever?

If you will, you’ll see grand new things, meet wonderful and awful new people, be too hot, too cold, too hungry and too full. You’ll experience many things that until now you only paid good money to read about in books. The books that other people wrote.

So make a small agreement with yourself. Promise yourself that you won’t feel cheated if you’re late to dinner occasionally, or if you’re not sure what tomorrow will hold.

After all, you don’t REALLY know what tomorrow will bring anyway, do you?

So for goodness’ sake, just go do something. Go enjoy. It’s your life. Use it – don’t carry it about gingerly like an egg that might break. Lives don’t break. Period.

As long as you’re alive, you’re freer than you think, to do the things you’ve always dreamed about. What will you do? What WILL you do?

Cheers from warm and smiling Thailand,



2 Responses to “There Are No Timid Explorers”
  1. Mark McClure says:

    “Dream. Explore. Discover.”

    Your readers might find how Sherry Otts has tackled those three of some interest.
    Here’s a post I wrote about her:

  2. CharlesB says:

    Thanks, Mark, for reminding us that going and doing is more blessed than than just thinking about it.