Download a PDF of this Post – Click HereWeekday Wisdom, Episode 36 Are you waiting for life to happen? Or are you making it happen? That’s what we’re going to talk about in today’s Weekday Wisdom. Today I want to talk about fate versus destiny and this quote by William […]
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“…one day you will look back and you will realize that every experience you’ve ever had, every seeming mistake or blind alley was actually a straight line to who you were meant to be.” ~ Richard Castle, played by Nathan Fillion,Castle, “Hollander’s Woods,” Season 7, Episode 23 What this quote […]
“Destiny isn’t a matter of chance, but of choice. What you choose to accept, can eventually become yours.”
~ Katrina van Tassel, played by Katia Winter,
Sleepy Hollow, Season 1, Episode 6, “The Sin-Eater”
“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
~ William Jennings Bryan
What these quotes mean to entrepreneurial authors:
Throughout my life, I’ve often found myself in a discussion of destiny and fate. Everyone seems to have a different opinion on the topic and over time I’ve developed my own philosophy. To me, fate is specific and destiny is thematic.
Fate is the details, which are easily changed by making different choices. Destiny is more like a story arc, the details can change but the theme remains. For example, it may be my fate to meet John Doe tomorrow. However, if I change my mind about where I’m going, I never meet John. That said, if it is my destiny to do great things, then I will do great things … but those great things aren’t defined.
But what about choice? (more…)
“You can’t choose your destiny. You can only fulfill it or or fail it.”
Luke Mitchell as John Young in The Tomorrow People, Season 1, Episode 7, “Limbo,” written by Nicholas Wootton and Micah Schraft
What this quote means for business:
Yep, its another quote from a science fiction show … and a doozy, too. I’ve always believed that there is destiny … the over-arching theme of your life, the “big picture” view, as it were, of why you were born and continue to breath … and that there is fate … the details of how you fulfill your destiny. In my belief system, you can’t escape destiny, but you can change fate.
Not everyone agrees with me … and that’s O.K.
This quote gave me another layer to add to my belief system: Yes, you can’t change your destiny … but you can fail to fulfill it.
And how sad that would be to fail it. And yet, I know it happens all the time.