Today’s Words of Wisdom for your weekend are from John Keats:
“In Endymion, I leaped headlong into the sea, and thereby have become better acquainted with the soundings, the quicksands, and the rocks than if I had stayed upon the green shore, and piped a silly pipe, and took tea and comfortable advice.”
To me this quote is about giving up the perceived comfort of being a bystander and talking “about” doing something vs. diving in and engaging, exploring and being willing to face some danger in doing so – all for the richness of wisdom and insight gained from first-hand experience.
Knowing about something is very different than applying your knowledge to gain the wisdom of experience.
I wonder what would happen in your life or business if you leaped headlong into the sea instead of stayed upon the shore and played it safe.
Look for an area in your life or business where you’ve been staying safe on the shore and at the very least, imagine what might be possible if you leaped in.
Would you feel more alive? Would you wake up from a numbness? Would you create a ripple of momentum?