A Venture Forth

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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 that 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 occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.
W. H. Murray, Scottish Himalayan expedition leader

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Seeing the Forest For the Trees

Conventional wisdom typically encourages intense focus, particularly given today’s seemingly unending turbulence.  Without a doubt, specialization delivers certain benefits, but at what cost?

Take a moment and stare at the red dot below.  As you do, pay attention to the blue circle. 

By focusing too closely, we risk missing something that might otherwise be directly in our sights.  I think it’s worth remembering, especially when consumed by complicated problems.