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Monday, October 11, 2010

Be a Columbus to whole new worlds of thought within you - Henry David Thoreau


Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau


While Christopher Columbus is, and was, a man of very mixed reputation, we know of Christopher Columbus today, 500 years after he lived, because he had a Dream, Charted a Course, and Boldly Set Sail.

Like Columbus, we have Dreams that run through our head like full color movies, pleading with us to take action.

Like Columbus, we have many people telling us that our dreams are "crazy," and we should settle for less.

Like Columbus we are unable to anticipate what the future will bring, and what the consequences of taking action on our Dreams might be.

Will we, like Columbus, chart the best course we are able, given the information we have access to at the time, and set sail? Or will we trash our Dreams into the box labeled "fantasy discard pile," and return to doing what others expect of us?

Stand tall, breathe deep, and Choose today to chart the course that will transform your Dream into reality.

[the above is taken from Regaining Your Happiness in Seven Weeks: a Training Program]

My article What Can Christopher Columbus Teach Us Today? includes information about Columbus' miscalculations.

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1 comment:

  1. On the anti-Columbus side...

    "1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them."
    - Kurt Vonnegut

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