“What would become of a sea captain who whenever he saw a fog settling down on the waters, or a storm coming up, would turn his ship around and sail back to the port he had left? You know he would lose his job and be branded as an incompetent and a coward. Every sea captain keeps his ship true to the compass and he plows through fogs, storms or hurricanes to his distant goal. You are the captain of your life ship, and it is up to you to bring it into port grandly. If you haven’t the qualities of a good sea captain your ship is in danger.
Downright hard work, a purpose which never flags, a grit and nerve which never retreat; these are the qualities that make life victorious.”
—Orison Swett Marden from Making Life a Masterpiece
How often do we encounter obstacles in our pursuit of our goals? In my experience, every time. Be it a lack of motivation, or time, or fear or the task being too daunting, these obstacles always make me think twice if I should turn my ship back around. And many times I have. I guess its time to learn from these sea captains of old.
“It would be impossible for a ship to come into a certain port without a compass as it would be for a man or woman to make any headway on the sea of life without a purpose. Nobody ever drifts into anything desirable. To get the thing worth while you must know where your goal lies, and you must make straight for it, past all the rocks and sandbars.”
“All good journeys have their storms. We must stay true to the course if we want to reach our destination.”
“If you should visit a ship in port and ask the captain for his next port-of-call, he’ll tell you in a single sentence. Even though the captain cannot see his port, his destination, for full 99% of the voyage, he knows it’s there, and barring an unforeseen and highly unlikely catastrophe, he’ll reach it. All he has to do is keep doing certain things every day.” – Earl Nightingale
“The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks. See the line from a sufficient distance, and it straightens itself to the average tendency.” – Emerson
(From Brian Johnson’s daily Optimize newsletter)