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Why Fortune Favors The Bold

By Ashleigh Hansberger
Posted on 11/09/22
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At Motto®, our work helps companies define their vision, purpose, values, and culture. We’re often asked to share our guidance o how to be better leaders, how to impact others, and what mark we can make on the world. We always turn to a core belief: Fortune Favors the Bold.

This motto should guide your thinking and keep you facing your true north. It challenges and inspires you to do more each day. It’s also an important leadership lesson, and today, I hope it will strike a chord in you as you work toward realizing your big crazy dreams.

The thing is, doubt and fear can creep into our thoughts every so often. Not because we’re weak but because we’re human. We wonder if we can achieve what we set out to achieve. Don’t get me wrong; fear has its place. If nothing else, it reminds us that our actions have purpose, importance, and meaning. If it didn’t, we wouldn’t fear failing at it. This is when Fortune Favors the Bold gets us out of our heads to focus on our higher goal and spurs us on.

Fortune Favors the Bold is an ancient proverb that says one should act boldly and bravely to accomplish greatness. Nothing good will happen unless you have the heart and courage to take chances. I don’t believe success or winning is a matter of random luck – it’s a conscious decision. When you take action, act boldly, and live with courage, you’re more likely to succeed and be rewarded than someone who doesn’t. I’m talking about the boldness that flings you wildly into the unknown, where you either sink or swim or learn to swim as you fall.

Boldness to be led by your passions and dreams. To live life up close and personal. To stand defiant against rough winds. To shape your own story. To discover that you are indeed limitless.

I can’t think of better words to live by. Now isn’t the time for half-measures. Be bold.

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By Ashleigh Hansberger