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I think not.
What I'm learning about 🧠
When I was a little kid, I used to think that the big drops on rollercoasters were the scariest moments in life.
I stand corrected.
The scariest moments are the collection of seconds between when you knock on a stranger's door and when they answer.
Or the time between your ask for something outrageous and their response.
"Can I borrow a $100?"
"Can I challenge you to a footrace?"
"Would you sing happy birthday to my best friend?"
Those few terrifying seconds feel like minutes.
The heart beats faster as you watch the wheels turning in their head.
As they assess your motives, demeanor, and sanity.
Being BOLD is an incredibly emotionally taxing activity.
But here's what I am learning:
The universe rewards bold action.
When you have the courage to face your fears and step out of your comfort zone, that's when the magic happens.
You immediately leave the ordinary world and enter the realm of endless possibility.
Nearly anything is possible if you have the audacity to ask for it.
All it takes is a few seconds of courage, a big smile, and a willingness to be rejected.
The worst thing that can happen is nothing.
If they say no you're exactly in the same place as you started.
But if they say yes, a door is opened to a whole new world.
In the words of William Murray:
"The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. "
This has been my experience.
From unexpected life advice to unforeseen opportunities, crazy things have been happening.
I have no idea where I'll end up by the end of my 100 days of being bold and talking to strangers...
All I know is that my life seems to be growing more extraordinary with each bold ask.
I'll leave you with a question.
What would happen in your life if you started turning up the dial on your own boldness?
Quote of the week 📜
"Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."
What I'm reading 📚
Tribe by Sebastian Junger.
Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, Tribe explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning.
It explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today's divided world.
I just started it but so far, so good!
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Gregory Russell Benedikt
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