Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat
“Fortune favours the bold”
— Latin Proverb
Too many people live their lives soft and safe.
They’re timid, humble, and hesitating. They follow all the rules and pre-set plans. They like to be conservative and colour inside the lines.
Yet such a way of living has never and will never lead to an amazing life. Playing it safe holds you back from taking the big risks that ultimately lead to the big rewards. The best excitement, memories, and achievements all come from a life lived with boldness.
If you want to have an amazing life, one filled with great success and memories, then you must live with a strong sense of courage and action-taking. There is a great motto that you can use as a guide for living such a life:
Shoot first ask questions later
Why shoot first
Shoot first ask questions later is all about focusing on bold action-taking. Without hesitation you “shoot” — you take action without being scared. When you take that action, you maintain a strong resolve. You don’t slow down to think about if you have the perfect plan or get anxious about what could happen. You just GO with courage and grit knowing that you’ll figure things out along the way.
Such a bold way of living gives you the best opportunity to succeed. Your boldness is inspiring and attractive to those around you, it gives you the focus required for perfect execution, and it is by far the best way to learn and get results.
Inspiring the crowd
“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”
— Billy Graham
When you take bold action whether it be in your career, business, relationships, or anything else in life, people take notice. They see that you have the courage that so many others lack — you stand out in a good way. You don’t hesitate, you have confidence and resolve, you don’t have fear like everyone else. It’s powerful, motivational, and sexy.
The crowd admires that. Admiration gets you followers and support as people become inspired by your strength. Support from other people will help you to succeed.
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
— Anais Nin
When you are bold, you are always looking for the best option no matter what it is. You don’t get held back if something seems scary or challenging. You welcome such things because you know that you can take them. People without boldness are limited by their own fears.
Boldness makes you assertive and tough. You’re not afraid of challenges as long as they are worth their rewards. You have the grit to maintain focus on your goal, always seeking excellence in your work. Because of your focused mindset, you have an eye for finding solutions to your challenges. You have the passion to achieve things that can be deemed excellent.
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
— Dale Carnegie
Action is the only way to get things done — and with boldness, you take massive action. You move before you’re ready, with the confidence that you’ll figure it out along the way. Any mistakes you make can be quickly corrected with more bold action. Any obstacles you run into are solved with more bold action. You gain more and more momentum along the way until you’re moving so strongly that nothing can stop you.
Taking action is the most antifragile success strategy. You learn quickly from real-world results. You get concrete evidence on what works and what doesn’t. Your massive action builds your mind smarter and stronger, furthering your own success through energy and experience.
How to shoot
Now that we understand what it means to shoot first ask questions later, it’s time to look at some examples of how to do it.
- Business — Don’t wait to start your business. Build a minimum viable product today. Set yourself a deadline for launching it and get moving. You’ll learn how to make it great after you get that real experience of building it and feedback from the market.
- Personal Life — See that sexy looking person across the room? You’re now going to use the 5-second rule. If you find yourself looking at them for more than 5 seconds, you go right up to them for a chat. You’ll figure out what to say as you start talking.
- Career — You don’t start off small by applying to the lesser jobs. Start with the top ones that you want, even if they’re above your level. Network with top people who outrank you. Some will respond, some won’t. But whatever response you do get will be massively valuable to you and will bring you to a higher level.
- Competition — If you’re playing a sport or board game, play confidently. Opponents used to be terrified of Gary Kasparov because of how confidently he played. That confidence was a part of his game, a very intimidating and effective part at that. Compete like a confident person would to give yourself a key edge.
- Bucket list — If you have a bucket list, make it bold. Shoot for the moon, you’ll either hit it or land somewhere among the stars. Aim to travel to 100 countries, read 1000 books, make $10 million dollars, or anything else you want. Whatever it is, do it big and bold.
To learn more about this topic
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris