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‘Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.’
– Thomas Edison
In order to create something of lasting value, we need to step out of our comfort zone, let go of what we have been taught, persevere, and trust, again and again, we will be led to our purpose and destiny.
In 1927, a thirty-two-year-old man stood on the edge of Lake Michigan, planning to drop beneath the dark waters and drown. His four-year-old daughter had just died of polio, his company had gone bankrupt, his reputation had been ruined, and he was becoming an alcoholic.
Looking at the lake, he wondered what one small man in his position could possibly do.
Then an answer came to him: He was told, ‘You belong to the Universe. You are needed in this world. Trust, you are fulfilling your role if you apply yourself to converting your experiences to the highest advantage of others.’
He realized he was now free to take risks, initiate action on his own, and, by doing so, help other people.
He returned home and committed himself to the work that he believed the universe wanted him to do, instead of what he had been taught to do. He watched the laws of the natural world support him and move him in many new directions to achieve his greatest achievements, even when they appeared impossible.
But without his trust in life or his ability to take risks, his contributions to humanity would never have been made, and no one would have come to respect the name, Buckminster Fuller.
(Richard Buckminster Fuller was an American architect, systems theorist, writer, designer, inventor, philosopher, and futurist. Fuller was a pioneer in thinking globally and explored energy and material efficiency in the fields of architecture, engineering, and design.) Wikipedia