The Power of Trying: Why You Must Take Leaps Into Unknown Territory

The more we take risks and search for new passions, the more versatile and capable and satisfied we'll be tomorrow.
Source: Nigel Parry
Nigel Parry

In 1894, a writer warned against the dangers of riding a bicycle, predicting that it would lead to “weakness of mind, general lunacy and homicidal mania.” In 1925, the dean of Princeton University asserted that cars would make young people “look lightly at the moral code.” For years, I’ve kept a collection of these bonkers predictions. They’ve always struck me as funny -- and, critically, as isn’t as scary as it seems. I think about them anytime someone confuses “new” with “threatening.” And then one day, it hit me: This would make a great

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