Sunday Snippet: Mark Twain

“Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

You may have noticed an ongoing theme that I have here on Beyond the Rhetoric, not only when it comes to some of these Sunday Snippet features, but in some of the other blog posts that I published in this space as well. I’ve discussed the importance of taking a chance if you want to have any real shot at success. At some point, it is absolutely necessary to step outside of your comfort zone, stretch your wings, and discover just how far you can fly.

And that’s exactly the sentiment being expressed by renowned author Mark Twain above. He may have been born as Samuel Clemens, but he is much better remembered by his iconic pen name. You might have read the Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer books as a child.

I first came across this quote courtesy of one Damien Riley, another fellow thinker on the web. I am positive that Damien agrees with me when I say that we all need to learn to let go if we really want to see the limits of our potential. You really do need to “sail away from the safe harbor,” as it were, if you want to see what else the world has to offer you.

I’m not advocating that you approach the world with reckless abandon; however, it is necessary to take some calculated risks from time to time. It’s also important to take the time to explore, even if you have no real destination in mind. The journey is most important.

On a side note, I can’t be the only one who thinks Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) looks a lot like KFC’s Colonel Sanders, right?