Launch the Boat

A Riff on Risk-Taking

You’ve got a boat, maybe even a bunch of them.

You work on them and you leave them… on land.

Boats are made for water.

Boats are made to launch.

In fact, it’s possible to argue that a boat is only truly a boat once it’s been in the water.

Now, it’s not about being careless and launching a boat with holes in it.

A boat does need to be watertight and you need some way to steer and propel it. But that’s about it.

If you want to build a cruise liner, you might wait your whole life and not launch anything.

In the end, the point is being out on the water anyway, not building the boat.

And you can’t get out on the water until you stop and take the risk of a launch.

Hesitating to launch because something bad might happen?

It’s true, some great ships have set sail only to sink.

But there’s a big difference between a ship wreck in the Caribbean that attracts divers from around the world and an unfinished boat rotting in a marina down the road.

Launch the boat and see what happens.

You may not know if it’s watertight until you try.

Boats were made to be in the water and your ideas, your creations, you… we’re made to set sail.

Maybe it’s already watertight.

Maybe it’s just waiting to launch…

This is my daily project where I write about diverse ideas.

This is ‘Dose’ #21.


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