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Happy Birthday, Amelia

Amelia Mary Earhart was born 118 years ago on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. She disappeared on July 2, 1937, just weeks before her 40th birthday. She accomplished much in her short life, and chose to face many challenges. One of her more inspiring qualities was her willingness to decide on a goal and pursue it, without overthinking the pros and cons. As she once said:

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

Or to put it more directly:

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”

Of course, pursuing a goal is not without risk. Many of us are paralyzed into inaction by the fear of failure, which is all too real as Amelia herself discovered. Only those who are willing to try anyway have the chance for real achievement.


Photo by Albert Bresnik
Photo by Albert Bresnik