“The Ship in the Harbor Is Safe, but the Ships Are Not Made for That.”

Getting out of our comfort zone is the key to learning new things, broadening our horizons and taking risks that help us grow as people – either achieve our goals and do what we always wanted to do, or at least say that we tried to get there even if we lost.

John A. Shedd, author and professor, coined this quote in 1928 in his book Salt From My Attic , a collection of quotes and sayings he loved and lived by. The quote itself has since gone a long way, becoming a favorite and often repeated by groundbreaking computer scientist and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper .

As for the quote itself, its meaning is pretty clear : it’s better to go out and do what you want, or what you need to do, than sit and rot and do nothing. Even if you fail, at least you try, at least you did something and learned something extraordinary in the process.

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