You Cannot Swim For New Horizons Until You Have Courage To Lose Sight Of The Shore
– William Faulkner
We have all been in situations when we know what should be done, what is the right thing to do, but we still don’t do it. Why? Because we are all risk averse by nature – we lack the courage to get away from the shore when swimming for new horizons.
Imagine if Christopher Columbus didn’t have the courage to lose sight of the Spanish shores in his search for a brave new world…
William Faulkner, the man behind this quote, was a true literary giant, although he stood only five feet, six inches tall. He was a very courageous man, never afraid to take great risks with his life and his career.
– Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
This quote is from the famous book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It tells you why it is so important to follow your dreams and listen to your heart, just like the shepherd Santiago, the protagonist of Coelho’s book. Trust your instincts always, and never do anything that your heart or souls deem inappropriate. Follow your dreams, and the pathways of life will open before you.
Who is Paulo Coelho?
Coelho is easily one of the most famous authors in the world and a huge celebrity in his own right. He has sold more than 100 million books, which have been translated into many languages. He holds a record for the most sales by a translated book – the English version of the “The Alchemist”.
I read these 2 Richard Branson’s tweets this morning, and it got me thinking about how we often neglect some of the simple things in life. And also how it’s the simple things, the little things that add up over time to become a big deal, and a difference in whether we are successful or not.
One of such simple concepts is taking notes.
Anyone can give up; it is the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would expect you to fall apart, now that is true strength.
– Chris Bradford, The Way of the Sword
This is one of the best quotes from Chris Bradford’s book, The Way of the Sword, from The Young Samurai series. Chris is an avid martial artist and his books reflect his love for martial arts and for Japan.
The Young Samurai series follows the adventures of Jack Fletcher, a young orphan, who is stranded in Japan and targeted by the dangerous enemies who killed his parents.
Reading is key to growing and evolving as a person. It expands your mind and widens your horizon. It helps you to see more of what can be, and believe more, that what you see, you can become.
One of our core beliefs at Informed Inspiration, is the importance of gaining knowledge, and being able to use that knowledge to make yourself a better person. This, in turn, equips you to be able to make the world around better. One of the quickest ways to gain knowledge is by reading.