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Power Thought: Achieve your destiny

William Jennings Bryan and Katia Winter

“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…)

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