“You can never cross the ocean
until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ Christopher Columbus
What this quote means to entrepreneurs:
I don’t know about you, but at times the deeper meaning of this quote scares the crap out of me.
In order to get to where you want to go, you need to let go of where you are. That’s what that quote means. And letting go of where you are can mean so many things:
- Letting go of who you are right now
- Letting go of the railings/training wheels that help you feel safe
- Letting go of beliefs you’ve held onto for years
Letting go of where you are means stepping out into the void, and trusting the void won’t consume you whole and spit you out.
This quote brings to mind the Death card in Tarot. Each deck has a slightly different meaning for this major arcana card, but the one that I think is most apropos right now comes from the Dragon Tarot: “The clearing away of negative conditions in order to make way for new, more positive influences.”
Are you full or are you empty and open to new things in your life and business? When you are in struggle (and believe me, I’ve been there … many times), you are often full and unable to receive that which you most need. You are clinging to the shore of where you are.
It takes great courage to let that go, to step into the unknown and trust that you will be divinely cared for. Especially if you believe you’ve done that before only to find that your trust was wrongly placed.
The thing is, our journey as entrepreneurs is filled with pitfalls and seeming failures. But, in the end, it all works out. Those tough times make us stronger and they often help us be the person we need to be in order to help those we are meant to serve.
I encourage you to lose sight of the shore, to let go and let the divine be your navigator. As John Lennon once said, “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
Now It’s Your Turn:
Do you agree with my interpretation of today’s quote? Why or why not? Have you ever lost sight of the shore? What were your experiences on the other side of the ocean? Please share your thoughts, experiences and sage wisdom in a comment below.