zondag 31 juli 2011

The Magic Of Boldness


The most succesful generals and admirals in history shared one characteristic: they were willing to disregard orders and risk disgrace in order to exploit  rapidly changing circumstances. When the chance came, they recognised an opportunity, weighed the odds swiftly and placed their lives and careers on the line to snacht a victory.

In short, they were bold, often turning a blind eye to previously agreed strategy while ignoring direct instructions from their superiors. As an entrepreneur you are unlikely to have to follow the orders of others, but the fetters of conventional wisdom can prove equally inhibiting.

Fortune favours not just the brave but the bold. Boldness has a kind of genius in it. It relies on the unexpected and can lead to catastrophic defeat because it ignores conventional wisdom, which often proves to be wisdom of a kind. But should boldness succeed, the resulting succes appears all the more devastating in the eyes of startled observers and rivals.

Opportunities to get succesful keep popping up. The more alert one is, the more chance one has of identifying an opportunity; the more preparation one has done, the more artillery one can bring to bear; the more self-belief one can muster, the more certain will be the aim; but the boulder the stroke , the better chance one has of confounding the odds.

All entrepreneurs have a short- or medium-term gameplan, it's the only sensible way to proceed in getting succesful. But should the chance offer itself, that game plan must be hurled aside and the watchword on the road to succes changed to: 'Carpe diem!'

29 opmerkingen:

  1. To be alert, hmm. I like that. Plays into being aware and understanding what you're doing. Good stuff! +following

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  2. God, now I remember. I must buy a suit. My previous doesn't fit me now. What a shame.

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  3. This certainly would help where I work!

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  4. there were also several mental cases who were bold. dont forget about them!

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  5. just read this again, really inspiring. can you follow my blog im just starting up

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  6. Hmm good to see where you stand when it comes to the business world

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  7. Dude so inspiring definitely followed
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  8. Two edged sword, but theres is no way to go big without being bold at some point

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  9. Inspiring, but it's hit or miss. Being bold isn't always rewarding.

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  10. Treading the fine line between bold and reckless is an art, great post!

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  11. it's not only to be alert, if you're lazy your ideas will be always stolen by others.

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  12. True, it's either succeed with flying colors or fail spectacularly.

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  13. I would be more bold if I weren't so apathetic.

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  14. I'm working on it, but as GMSoccerPicks wrote: two edged sword. No pain no game (or no gain).

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