My first year in Highschool I was commissioned to read “The Sorrows of Young Werther” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. I say commissioned because a senior hired me to read it and write the thesis for him.
It was brutal… I trudged along having to look up the meaning of nearly every other word…however getting thru gained me two important things that have stuck with me; a slave like work ethic and a deep and sturdy belief that right action is always supported by the universe.
By the end of the book, I really got that whatever I needed would always show up and that the number one way to succeed was to simply begin.
All these years later I still think about the torturous nights slogging thru those words, discovering the wisdom that’s propelled so much blessing in my life:
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe