More than 100 years ago, Gail Borden, an American inventor, was crossing the Atlantic from England, two children on board his ship died because the milk they drank was contaminated.
Borden began to dream of a way to make milk safe on shipboard and in other circumstances when it couldn’t be refrigerated. He kept working the problem and eventually discovered the formula for “condensed milk.” Over the years, his discovery has doubtlessly saved the lives of millions of children around the world.
When Borden passed away, his epitaph read, “I tried and failed. I tried again and again and succeeded.”
Words of wisdom for us all, aren’t they?
Like Borden, when we have a goal that matters, and when we tackle it with imagination and enterprise, the sky’s the limit! Yes, we may try and fail, but if we keep going, we can make something happen. We can succeed, even against the greatest of odds.
Right now, you may be working on something difficult. You may be encountering resistance. Yo may face challenging circumstances. You may be coping with naysayers, who don’t believe you can do it.
But none of this matters. None of it can stop you if you bring imagination and enterprise to the job at hand.
Imagination sets you free to dream up exciting possibilities for doing what you want to do. And enterprise—perseverance and energy and a sense of purpose—will give you the will and the means to execute— to follow through on your dream.
So forget about the obstacles. Forget about the difficulties. Forget about the people who say you can’t do what you want to do. And just keep going, putting one foot in front of the other. Imagination and enterprise. Imagination and enterprise. With these two shoes on your feet, how can you lose? You may stumble. You may fail. But as long as you keep walking you’ll find your way.
You’re on the right track. Keep going. You’ll get there. Write on!
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