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In the quest for greatness, you can find inspiration in the midst of anything.

For example, conversations on The Brilliant Idiots podcast can hit every extreme: reckless, impactful, hilarious, and cringeworthy. Yet, there’s a spontaneous 22-second moment found 79 minutes deep into one of their episodes that dropped two of the biggest quotables ever.

“You’ll only go as far as you dream.”

Dreams are the seeds of who we can become. But too often, we give up before they’ve had the chance to fully flower. As life hands us challenge after challenge, it’s easy to lose sight of that wide-eyed, imaginative kid inside each of us, the one unbound by limitations. We cram our dreams away as if they don’t matter.

But it’s our dreams that nurture our becoming. When we cling to them – really let them take root in our souls – we unlock our greatest potential. So dream boldly. Dream courageously. This is your life. Make it count.

“The Universe doesn’t reward humility.”

Understand this truth: you have a vital role to play in this world that no one else can fulfill. Your voice, your vision, your talents are profoundly needed.

So many of us are afraid of living boldly, afraid to truly shine. And in holding back, we deny the world our light. Yes, boldness brings risk. Yes, raising your hand invites criticism. But throughout history, it is the courageous who alter the arc of the moral universe.

So where have you been playing small? Where is fear holding you back from shining? Feel it, embrace it, and then release it. Have faith that the universe will uplift those audacious enough to try. The time for courage is now.


Orondé Jenkins is a multidisciplinary artist and media consultant based in Nashville. No Average Journey was born out of his desire to help artists grow in their lives and careers.