The Genius of Boldness

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.  Boldness has genius, magic and power in it.  Begin it now."  ~ Goethe

I can't claim credit for this quote.  The beauty and eloquence of these words certainly isn't mine.  They belong to the great German poet/writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.  I can't even claim I went searching for Goethe's wisdom.  I happened up on this quote by accident, while piddling around at American Idol.  I'm a sucker for reality TV, even as scripted and manipulated as it is, and hey... I can't help but enjoy a show that's all about singing!

But back to my point.  If you've watched the show much this season, you've probably seen Scott McIntyre.  He's visually impaired, and one of the most gifted musicians I've ever seen on the show.  And when he performs, there is a genuineness and beauty that is difficult to describe with words.  Now, I haven't picked any real favorites yet this season... it's too early for that... but I do have a tremendous respect and appreciation for Scott.  So naturally, I took a look at his information the American Idol website.  That's where I found the Goethe quote.  It was listed as Scott's favorite quote.

I was immediately inspired and humbled. 

"Begin it."

"Boldness has genius."

"Begin it now."

I was challenged.  Challenged to remove self-pity from my attitude.  Challenged to stop dwelling on the things that aren't perfect in my life.  Challenged to stop blaming the circumstances of my life for the fact that my dreams haven't been realized.  Challenged to go after them boldly.

This young man, who is living what is probably the greatest dream of his life on American Idol, reminded me that the only thing holding me back for achieving my dreams is ME.  

So tonight, I will open my manuscript for the first time in weeks.  I won't think to myself how busy I am and how little time I have to write.  I will open the manuscript and write.  Even if it's only a few lines.  I will make the time.

Because it's my dream.

And I will begin it now.


  1. This is beautiful, Amy. Good for you for going after your dream. It's so easy to put things off and say, I'll do it later, when I have more time. Take it from me, later catches up to you in a flash and then you wonder where the time went and what you did with it. When I was your age, I felt I had all the time in the world to accomplish my goals. It seems like yesterday and now--poof--it's gone and I no longer feel I have time to spare at all. In fact, I feel like I'm quickly running out of time. Don't mean to ramble, but your post touched me in a big way.

    Huge Idol fan here. Scott's story is so inspiring. I hope he does well. At least he's living out his dream. At least he's trying, and that's more than most people can say. People talk about what they'd like to do. And later in life, they talk about what they wished they'd done. But very few people ever really go for their dreams. I'd rather not be one of the ones who has to look back and say, I wished I'd done this or that. I'd rather be able to say, at least I tried.

    Thanks for the inspiring post. :o)

  2. Thanks for the reply, Devon. Scott's story is so touching! I loved him anyway, but when I saw that quote, my level of admiration for him went way up. How many times have I complained about my circumstances... lamented the obstacles in my life? And here he is, with a bigger obstacle than I've ever experiences, and he's not letting it stop him in the least. In fact, he's got more courage and more chutzpa than any combination of people I know. Big lessons to be learned from him, in my opinion! We should all be so determined and so positive!

  3. Amy, your post nearly brought me to tears. I hope you were able to get those few lines down...and today, a few more...

  4. Wow, that really makes you think, huh? I had heard the quote before but forgotten it. Thank you for reminding me, because it is very inspiring.
    Good luck with your writing!