by David DeFord
What if Babe Ruth had never tried to play baseball?
The Bambino redeemed the game of baseball following the 1919 Black Sox scandal. He energized the fans, and filled the seats of ball parks like no other player before or since. His name remains the most prominent of all players in the history of all sports.
If he had not tried to play baseball, the history of the game would lack much of its spice and grandeur.
What if Hemingway had not tried to write?
What if Mozart had not attempted to compose music?
What if Florence Nightingale chose to live the life of leisure her family had preordained for her?
Think of the loss to the world if these greats, before they knew of their gifts, had not experimented with them.
What have you always wanted to try, but have not yet made your attempt? Have you always wanted to start a business, write a book, serve a mission, start a foundation, earn a college degree, become a karaoke champion, investigate a new faith, or do something different with your life?
You will never know if you could have done it if you do not try it. How long will you wait until you make your attempt?
Maybe you need to start small—write an article or keep a journal, start your business in your spare time, take a class, or participate in a service opportunity. Think of it as a controlled laboratory experiment.
By starting small, you can find out if you have the talent for your dream. You can see if you enjoy the activities associated with it. You can use your experiment as a type of feasibility study—a proof of concept.
But if you don’t try it, you will never know if you could have succeeded.
While conducting your experiment, don’t violate your principles. Never rob your current employer of an honest day’s work. Honor your family obligations. Hold to your religious convictions. Stay true to your principles.
Toward the end of your life, I hope that you can know that you have lived up to your potential—that you found your great purpose and acted on it.
Experiment your way to success.
All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience. Henry Miller
The difference between whether you say, 'I wish I would have, 'or 'I'm glad I did,' at the end of your life is whether or not you take decisive action during your life. Chris Widener
If you attained your dream too easily, you aimed too low. The difficulty of attainment of a dream raises its value. David DeFord
Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen. Peter Marshall
The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything. Theodore Roosevelt
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you. Not much. Jim Rohn
Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied. Arnold Glasgow
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