This week I am reading Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art again. If you haven’t read this book, you should add it to your list of must reads this year. It’s a gem.
While pouring through the pages, one particular section caught my attention. It is a passage taken from the opening page of Scottish mountaineer and writer, W.H. Murray’s book; The Scottish Himalayan Expedition. This quote is commonly misattributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe but it is Murray’s.
… but when I said that nothing had been done I erred in one important matter. We had definitely committed ourselves and were halfway out of our ruts. We had put down our passage money— booked a sailing to Bombay. This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. 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 favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
All emphasis mine.
Now, I like quotes, but I think this will be my favorite quote for the year.