Inspire Your Inner Lion

Adrian S. Potter
2 min readApr 11, 2019

Being Brave with Mary Tyler Moore (The Secondhand Inspiration Project)

Photo by Jeremy Dorrough on Unsplash

The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.” — Mary Tyler Moore

We spend so much time tiptoeing around trying to avoid mistakes. But sometimes gaffes are what we need to experience in order to achieve great things.

People love the comfort of sure things, security blankets, and safe bets. But these things are myths, propaganda pushed to the masses by the thumb-sucking, play-it-safe-committee. No outcome is ever completely guaranteed or 100% certain. Finding success often means taking chances.

Now I’m not talking about reckless action or silly moves just for the sake of claiming that you tried. Being bold doesn’t mean being foolish. We make progress and evolve by taking calculated risks. As the saying goes, “Fortune favors the brave.”

You cannot advance if you’re too frightened to take a leap of faith. You’ll just loiter in your comfort zone, a bystander watching as life passes by. You cannot live a fulfilling life if you avoid taking chances.



Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·