“If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.”
John Kenneth Galbraith
I am not fond of irresponsible risk taking and decision-making, but I am fond of “doing the right thing” even when it may appear to be going against the main stream thinking.
Sometimes that means a spectacular success, sometimes a spectacular error.
Ah. But always something spectacular.
Now. I don’t know about all this immortality stuff.
Sure. I would imagine it would be nice to be remembered for something (even if it was a spectacular failure).
But probably most important?
What more could you want to say about your life but that you have done something spectacular?
Now. Don’t start running around like chickens with your heads cut off attempting ‘spectacular chances.’ I don’t want to get blamed for that. But if everyone looked around in their life and thought about it for awhile and were smart about it (well, as smart as you can be) and decide to take a spectacular chance because … well … it could lead to something spectacular?
I could live with that.
I think we could all live with taking a few more spectacular chances.
I think we all could live with a little more “spectacular error like behavior.”
Playing it safe is comfortable. And, especially in this wacky world we are living in these days and all the responsibilities that seem to reside on shoulders that struggle to carry the burden they already carry, what I am suggesting may sound unprudent, unwise and unrealistic.
Because in the end?
What people will really remember is not the success, or the failure, but rather you made the attempt in some spectacular fashion.
And that, my friends, is spectacular.