Don't shrink, be bold and dare mighty things

Lately I’ve been thinking about where I want to take my business and the work I want to do through Web•Tech•Law. The models I have in mind are evolving almost daily and with each conversation I have with some pretty amazing people (today, for example, I had an opportunity to chat to Danie Roux about the work he is doing).

What struck me this evening is that I have a tendency to understate the work I want to do when I present it to clients. That doesn’t exactly make for overly compelling conversations about why my clients should embrace what I have to offer. It also reminds me of this extract from Marianne Williamson’s book, A Return to Love:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

Perhaps my mistake is not shrinking from new and exciting opportunities but rather to let my passion for the work inspire me to do something bold, audacious even. Theodore Roosevelt is credited with this quote:

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

One of the best exemplars of this inspiration to “dare mighty things” is the Curiosity landing on Mars not too long ago. Remember this:






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