Be the Bold, Decisive and Committed Author of Your Own Life and Work


I do many related things professionally. See my post, The New Renaissance Professional: Professor, Writer, Actor, Theater Director, Lawyer, Marketer I don’t wait for others to give me permission to do these things. I determine what it is I want to do by observing myself as a third party and taking note of what interests me. I reflect on my talents, values, education and experience to see what it is about me that makes me realistically qualified to do an activity. I determine what experience and education that I need in order to develop any missing qualifications in my existing background. I assess what time, money and effort is needed to gain those qualifications. I decide whether it is practical for me to expend the resources necessary to get those qualifications. I then reassess whether I am still interested in the activity now that I know the price of entry.

Once I decide what I want to do. I start doing it and I start reflecting upon it. In this way I begin to find my place in the activity and the insight to recognize like-minded people with whom to form partnerships. A large part of this process is exploring connections with people who I find ultimately are not like-minded. I am never discouraged by these meetings. They actually help define the boundaries of what I want.

Openness is key. For example, I want to write. I write. Audience and publication and theatrical production opportunities arise. I don’t have to look for them. Once you know what you want with specificity doors open by virtue of your focus. You will notice every person, idea or organization that can further your project(s).

I am committed to all that I do. Commitment didn’t happen over night—far from it. After a serious process of contemplation, observation and experience I know who I am, what I like to do and I am good at, and how I want to go about what I do.

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 favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Copyright 2015 Richard Thomas

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