Quote of the Week – Take a Risk

30 Jun

 
“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it” ~ Chinese Proverb

For thousands of years most seawater pearls were retrieved by divers working across the world’s oceans. The only means of obtaining pearls was by manually gathering large numbers of pearl oysters from the ocean floor.

In order to find enough pearl oysters, free-divers were often forced to descend to depths over 125 feet (40 metres) on a single breath, without equipment and exposed to hazardous conditions. As a result, pearls of the times were extremely rare, fine and admirable. The word pearl has become symbolic of something very valuable.

The metaphor reminds us that like diving for pearls, the pursuit of our goals is equally an arduous venture. Just as the diver must surmount his fears and speculate with risks, the prized catch is often made by those willing to go beyond their comfort zone.

There is a vast sea of opportunities before us, but like the pearl diver, we too must search and strive beyond our cosy pockets of reality (i.e. the set of behaviours and environments we’ve become accustomed to).

It may not be easy, often our efforts will go fruitless, but the work is made promising in knowing that if you just persist, persevere and wait patiently, you can discover that precious pearl of your own (whatever it may be).

Every challenge brings you closer to reaching that goal. No diver knew whether it was his shell which contained a pearl. Sometimes they were paid no wages, but they received their profits when they found the pearl. Their chances multiplied with each dive, so they seized every opportunity. Let me conclude by using a quote by Dale Carnegie which says this just right.

“Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.”

 

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2 Responses to “Quote of the Week – Take a Risk”

  1. Douja July 22, 2010 at 2:15 am #

    ATTICUSSSSS!!! This is amazing! Every word has such strong meaning behind it, love the metaphor. BRILLIANT!!

    • Atticus July 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

      Wow, I’m overwhelmed. Thanks for the kudos Douja!

      Definitely, I agree. The metaphor is rich in practical as well as symbolic meaning. I’m glad you liked my take on it : )

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