On the Magic of Boldness

Maya Angelou tells great leaders: “Timidity makes a person modest. It makes him or her say, ‘I’m not worthy of being written up in the record of deeds in heaven or on earth.’ They are afraid to say, ‘Yes, I deserve it.’” Thomas Jefferson wrote: “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.” The learning from these words is simple: timidity holds the great leader back… while others who are bold step forward.

Goethe wrote: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” John Dryden said: “Boldness is a mask for fear, however great.” Boldness is the courageous opposite of fearfulness. To be bold implies a willingness to get things done despite risks. It is an action that moves great leaders forward rather than sitting and waiting fearfully of the next step ahead.

May we all hear and embrace the wise counsel of Horace: “Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.” May we repeat daily the words of William Shakespeare: “Boldness be my friend.” Let that friendship be the magical beginning and inspiration of realizing dreams undreamed.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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