Fortune Favors The Brave

Would this bring me a fortune?“Fortes Fortuna Juvat” The phrase means that Fortuna, the Goddess of luck, is more likely to help those who take risks or action.  The phrase was shouted by Turnus in Virgil’s Aeneid just before he was utterly destroyed by Aeneas’ Trojans.

But Latin is only a dead language to some, and this is not a linguistic exercise. It’s just that the phrase that took me back to my high school cramming days as exams were crashing down on my tender teen passionate soul and fervor for life. And it is only natural that I could not really grasp the marginal bump with Latin and its effect on my preparation for life and adulthood.

Little did I know back then, that everything you learn matters. Even if you don’t know why or how you are going to use the information – in the end, somewhere, somehow you are richer with the knowledge.

So, in my usual exploration detours and lost paradise trails, I devoured the Poke The Box workbook created by a team of brilliant folks to promote the Domino Project, the brainchild of Seth Godin, named after the domino effect— where one powerful idea spreads down the line, pushing from person to person.

Fortes Fortuna Juvat is in a quote in the workbook by Mary South – go check it out.

Disclaimer: I have no connection with Seth Godin or the Domino Project and I don’t get anything out of writing about this. I just love the boldness and brainpower of the enterprise. (These days one never knows).

Leda Karabela
Leda Karabela's career focus has been building alliances with and among institutional stakeholders, which spans 25 years of experience in international management, public affairs, strategic marketing and philanthropy. Her primary focus has been external audiences, such as opinion leaders, media, customers, and donors.

Today, she is bringing her executive experience into the field of coaching, realizing her passion for people, the ways they click and connect with each other, helping clients discover the power within them to improve their performance, effectiveness and reach. Having held responsibilities for global projects and working with virtual teams in multiple countries for Fortune 50 companies such as BP and Microsoft, she has also led the corporate relations program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and has lived in Boston, San Francisco, London, Athens and Dubai.
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