On Beginning

Especially for my friend, Rob; originally brought to my attention by my friend, Mark; and an important reminder to myself:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

William Hutchinson Murray (1913-1996)
(formerly, and inaccurately, attributed to Goethe)

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3 Responses to On Beginning

  1. Brad Cathey says:

    This quote was also in the front of Charlie Trotter’s first cook book, inaccurately attributed to Goethe.

  2. Pingback: Healthy Leadership: Commitment Ignites Action « MEDCRUNCH

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