I used to be into reading as many biographies as I could. Some of that was very profitable, some not so much. However, I do remember reading Helen Keller’s biography a long time ago. In that book, I read this quote and it never fails to challenge me whenever I see it again:
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, Nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer, in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.” –Helen Keller
I was reminded of this when I read this – at Seth Godin’s blog this morning:
Living with doubt
… is almost always more profitable than living with certainty.
People don’t like doubt, so they pay money and give up opportunities to avoid it. Entrepreneurship is largely about living with doubt, as is creating just about any sort of art.
If you need reassurance, you’re giving up quite a bit to get it.
On the other hand, if you can get in the habit of seeking out uncertainty, you’ll have developed a great instinct.
Wow, a couple of great thoughts to start my week with.
Security is a MYTH! seek out uncertainty. use your instincts.