No one reaches a high position without daring. Publilius Syrus
Dare –Do –Win is a common slogan that many graduating classes have printed on their T-shirts. It symbolizes the spirit of youth, the lofty ideas of a fresh graduate and the passions that drive the wheels of progress. Movies are a great influencer in shaping such thoughts because the heroes always dare – do – win. Remember the movie Where Eagles Dare or the Rocky and Rambo sequel of movies or the James Bond Series or the numerous Western Movies and the War Movies. In real life though, the daring is fraught with genuine challenges, big risks and high stakes.
History bears testimony to the great leaders in War, Business, Science; Social Service etc. who have dared to take up challenges and more often than not won. It is a pity though that history does not really record the heroics of the vanquished who must have been even more daring but lack of skill, support or just fate dealt them cruel blows in the battles they fought. Napoleon and Hitler are exceptions to this fate, but the exploits of Alexander the Great, King Akbar and Shivaji Maharaj throw light on the daring that preceded their victory and the recognition. The frontiers of science, business and social service throw up heroes who dared to think differently, furrow a lonely path, stand firm against their critics and triumph in the knowledge that they have liberated the world from the tyranny of self imposed boundaries and limited knowledge.
Daring is not foolhardiness; it is not impulsive nor is it use of brute physical or intellectual strength. Daring in fact is intelligent use of available resources, using the tools of sophisticated planning, leveraging the existing knowledge, harnessing creative insights, channeling mental and physical strength, filtering all these through the moral and ethical filters and taking calculated risks. It involves decision making of the highest order, leadership of great maturity and a farsighted vision. For those who dare, victory is never assured but they never live with any regrets!!; achievement of their dreams is the icing on the cake of life.
Remember: Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. Cecil Beaton
Read the poem Ride a Wild Horse http://www.cyber-key.com/mj/wildhorse.html What is the message of the poet? Do you have wild horse (ideas/ passions/ dreams/goals/targets) that you would like to ride (attempt/ try/ work on) into the sun (attain glory/ get recognition/ be rewarded for)?
Look back and recollect the most daring things you have done? It is possible that many of the dares you took up challenged authority, bordered on the dangerous or was plain foolhardy. Do you still retain that daring within you? If that daring has been stifled, can you outline the reasons for it? Does too much of analysis and fear of failure play a dominant part in your lack of daring?
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