4 + 1 Quotes to Jumpstart Your Dreams

Wordstorm, by Mary Gow
WordStorm, digitized scanogram by Mary Gow
Now, many of us are being released from the 9 to 5 routine. Some are financially prepared for the loss of income, and some aren’t. Has there ever been a greater demand to be creative and follow your heart?

In my own case I have to avoid naysayers when I am working on implementing my dreams. I am finding tribes of dreamers who are going for the gusto.

I find certain quotations incredible spirit-lifters. I recall the first time I heard each of the following quotes and it’s no coincidence that they continue to be popular. They are timeless.

1. This quote has been credited to Johann von Goethe and W.H. Murray (of the Scottish Himalayan Expedition).

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and endless plans. That the moment one definitely commits oneself then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.

I’ve also seen it written this way:

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, the providence moves too. 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 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!

2. We can thank Joseph Campbell for the reminder to “Follow your bliss.”

If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.

3. This quote is from Marianne Williamson, in her book, A Return to Love.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

4. Steve Jobs says it concisely:

Real artists ship!

+ 1. From Henry Ford: Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.

Creek Reflections

Did you see the movie, Rivers and Tides, by sculptor/photographer/environmentalist, Andy Goldsworthy? The movie takes you with Goldsworthy as he arranges brilliant yellow leaves, stacks rocks you wouldn’t think could be stacked, and builds structures from found objects. Here’s a short spontaneous video I took while taking a break by a gurgling creek.

5 People to Have on Your Personal Board of Directors

Five Members, copyright 2011 Mary Gow
Five Members, Scanogram by Mary Gow
Are you in the process of reinventing yourself?

I’m reading Pamela Mitchell’s book, The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention, Essential Survival Skills for Any Economy. As in every aspect of life, we need support and Mitchell shares some wise advice about who to line up on your team. It wouldn’t hurt to have at least one of each of the following:

  1. The Master Connector – the ultimate networker.
  2. The Clued-in Colleague- this is most likely someone you worked with who knows how you work. She understands your work style and likely gives you honest feedback and can help you access opportunities that would match your talents.
  3. Warm ‘n’ Fuzzy –a friend who unendingly lifts your spirits.
  4. The Drill Sargeant – like the name, this teammate will give you a kick when you need it, quash your fears, and has your back.
  5. The Native – this friend knows the new rules for where you want to go, the new land. They are like a knowledgeable guide that direct you and warn you away from danger.


  1. Your spouse or partner
  2. Your parents
  3. Frenemies – they may seem like friends but they are secretly competing with you and manage to undermine you successes.
  4. Unhappy people who are caught in their own woes and victimhood. The wet blanket sure to put out any zesty energy.

I forget which wise person said this but we become like the 5 people we spend the most time with. Who are you surrounding yourself with?