Beyond the Horizon
Welcome to the thirteenth edition of “In Touch.” As always, I would love to continue the conversation so please hit “reply” and let me know what you think.
Story of the Week: PastBeyond the Horizon
I was by the sea, having fun and playing games with my 8-year-son Rolando. At some point, he paused and, baffled, pointed towards the horizon.
“Dad, what’s that line?” Without missing a beat, I told him, “It’s called the horizon.” He then followed up with a second question, quite reasonable for a kid of his age: “Is that the furthest we can go?”, to which I replied, “If you can go that far, I bet you will know at once that you can go even further.”
Although the horizon is just an imaginary line marking where the earth and sky appear to come together, it acts as a successful metaphor which holds true in life and in business. In many places, this line is obscured by terrain, by trees and/or human constructs such as buildings. The intersection of such obstructions with the sky — the horizon — can be likened to our goals; at times they are clearly visible and at other times they are obscured by our relative lack of imagination (or skills). Therefore, the bottom line is simple and perhaps obvious: strive to reach your horizon, for it is then that you will start to uncover your own limitations as well as the true extent of your capabilities and dreams.
My advice to all is, consequently, the same advice I gave to Rolando on that day. “First, set your ‘horizons’ and then aim to reach them by giving it your all. Once you get there, you will discover that it’s easy to go even further than you ever thought.”
Words of Wisdom
Joubert on children’s needs:
“Children have more need of models than of critics.”
Joseph Joubert (1754–1824)
Maltz on personal goals and projects:
“People who say that life is not worthwhile are really saying that they themselves have no personal goals which are worthwhile…. Get yourself a goal worth working for. Better still, get yourself a project…. Always have something ahead of you to ‘look forward to’ — to work for and hope for.”
Maxwell Maltz (1899–1975)
A Question to Ponder, dear reader.
“Do you set out to meet or to broaden your horizons?”
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Michael R. Virardi