Two thousand years ago a keen-witted poet named Quintus wrote this phrase.. "Fortis Fortuna adjuvat."
or in English.. "Fortune Favors the Bold."
About five years ago I heard this same phrase spoken by Michael Caine in his wonderful British accent for his Film Flawless(2008).
It has stuck with me as I've thought about its' meaning over the years. (The phrase originally meant Fortuna, the Goddess of Luck, is more likely to help those who take risks or action.)
What I've come to conclude is this.
It's not meant for every circumstance, nor every occasion. Rather, picking your moments--maybe only a few per year, ..where you fearlessly furrow into something that is risky, AND that also has the chance to be powerfully profitable if things go right.
The unique phrase I've made for me is.. Serendipity Favors the Fearless.
Saying yes to give a presentation you're scared to make. Leading a group of Co-workers on a project that could fail big, or could succeed big. Sending out your Art to your peers, whatever your "art" is. Jumping head-first into an entrepreneurial venture, not knowing how things will work--just that you're enthralled with the idea.
There's a thousand ways to make-a-leap, ..to be fearless for a moment.
Pick your moments wisely and go all in, with no Plan B.
I've added this phrase as a reminder to my new Bio photo taken a few weeks ago. (I've added a really neat effect where it changes from color into black&white, just click the photo if you'd like to see it.)
Speaking of Serendipity and being Fearless..
We have just listed for-sale the Web's original #1 ranked website for sale classified marketplace (BuySellWebsite.com). This is a Web business I originally founded back in 2002 and sold it in 2007. Then by way of a happy accident my Mom ended up re-purchasing back in 2011.
We are currently looking for a Co-Founder on this magnificent Web business or an out-right purchase. We project the next 12 months Net Profit to be just over $230,000.