Glorious Failure

A Message at Graduation Time 

The person who achieves spectacular failure

has at least attempted something bold.

Failure is a temporary condition.

Success is likewise temporary.

Life, itself, is temporary.

So quit hesitating.

Do something.

Mediocrity comes from having perfectly implemented tried and true, traditional wisdom.

The outcome is the only thing that separates confidence from hubris. If your bold idea succeeds, you were a confident visionary. If your bold idea fails, the walking dead will accuse you of being full of yourself. “It was hubris,” they will say.

Ignore the zombies. Life is risk. Risk is life. The only death is mediocrity. The only stupidity is fear. Fling yourself into something uncertain. The view from the edge is spectacular. What the hell, go ahead and put all your eggs in one basket. If you lose those eggs, you can find some more. The world is covered with eggs.

Zombies invented the lie that curiosity killed the cat. But it wasn’t curiousity that did her in. It was boredom.

Boredom killed the cat.

Security, boredom and a bloodless life are all the zombies have to offer. But if you follow your Beagle of Intuition into the Forest of Uncertainty, you’ll ask directions of angels and they’ll answer you by opening a door you never knew was there. You’ll kiss the hand of Serendipity as you gaze upwards into her face. And she will smile. 

Zombies tell many lies.

Their most famous lies are:

1. A college degree is the key to getting a good job.

2. If you give your money to financial experts they will grow it into a fortune. (Strangely, this second lie is partly true. But often, the only fortune those experts will grow your money into is their own.)

Your Beagle of Intuition

knows different truths:

1. Opportunity comes to those who have asked directions of angels.

2. Money flows to those who have seen the smile of Serendipity.

The world is covered with eggs.

And there is a miracle inside every one of them.

By Roy H. Williams, The Wizard of Ads at  

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