All glory comes from daring to begin. – Eugene F. Ware
Of late, I have been really enjoying the “My Big Break” series from NPR. The high-stakes storytelling of a life-making moment is compelling; uncovering for the listener a time in the life of someone fairly well-known that essentially opened a door to the path to success and/or achievement.
What’s striking is that for a series called “My Big Break”, it could have easily been called “My Big Choice.” Echoing through each of these stories is a decision point. All the stories outline a time and place where they were presented or perceived an opportunity that they could either seize or turn away. In all of these stories, our protagonist seizes the opportunity, and the outcome is transformational.
As we count down to 2013, I think this is sage advice for all of us who feel a little stuck or in a place of transition. As I try to get through the dissertation process and decide what the path forward looks like, I have had many a sleepless night wondering “What if?” and “What’s next?”. No one knows that answer. But the best we can do is to jump enthusiastically and purposefully forward with the hope that if we follow our internal compass, the net will be there to guide us safely to the ground.