Monday, January 8, 2007

Genius in boldness

Parts of this article will appear in 'Why Lawyers Should Surf'' (co-authored with Dr Michelle Tempest) which is now available on Waterstone's website here or can be ordered from XPL Publishing on 0870 079 8897 (p&p is included). Extracts from the book can be found here. To see a review of the book in The Independent click here.

Once you have decided to do something, the thing which will distinguish you from the crowd is the very fact that you follow up this good intention with action. Very often this may mean breaking away from the crowd. Geothe said of boldness that it has “genius, power and magic in it” and it is true to say that those who break the mould, who lead the way, have the ability to inspire others.

When Roger Bannister broke the elusive four minute mile in 1954, it was only another six weeks before someone else followed in his footsteps and many more were to follow within a short time. So, too, when Hillary and Tenzing summated Everest in 1953, they would probably never have imagined the number of people which were to follow them in the decades to come. Of the world’s most challenging wave, the Banzai Pipeline, Sam Moses described the first ride which was made by Phil Edwards in 1961:

“Most surfers are followers. The Pipeline went untouched for years. After Edwards surfed it, he looked over his shoulder and saw three of his buddies paddling toward the lineup. It’s the same today. On a particularly nasty morning the Pipeline may be empty. Finally, one surfer will screw up the courage to tackle it. Then there will be a swarm.”

Once you’ve decided what you want to do, stop following the crowd. Don’t procrastinate any longer. As Mark Twain said:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."


Anonymous said...

What inspired this post? Did you witness someone being bold or are you considering an act of boldness yourself?

Another quote you might like:

Talent does what it can - genius does what it must

Corporate Blawg said...

Ah, check out the blog "Talent imitates, genius steals"... by a rather bright chap in marketing:

Talent? Deeply subjective in a saturated society.

Genius? But aren't we all.

Bold? I prefer Daz.