A good thought from a flawed man on Columbus Day

His reputation may have seriously tarnished over the years, but few exemplify the explorer’s spirit like Cristoforo Colombo.  On this Columbus Day, let’s tip a hat to the guy who achieved at least one huge thing:  he crossed the Atlantic (and returned!) with ships that really shouldn’t have made it.


“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
— Christopher Columbus

This is part of a weekly inspirational series on the Singerpreneur blog and social media for Lauri’s List. The 2015 quotes are also archived on Facebook and Pearltrees.

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Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries
by Peter Sims

Start small — imagine that Columbus discovered a pebble before he stumbled upon a continent.  What that in mind, what can you do?


Cristóbal Colón
(opera CD)
by Leonardo Balada

This 1986 work may not have made the standard repertoire yet, but this cast has certainly made their mark:  the recording from Barcelona features the likes of José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Carlos Chausson, Luis Alvarez and Stefani Palatc.  Balada seems to have had a keen interest in Columbus, too:  here’s another opera about the seafarer’s death.

1 thought on “A good thought from a flawed man on Columbus Day”

  1. It’s a testament to the human ability to learn that this holiday continues to come into question. Even in the couple of days since we posted it, I’m still scratching my head. (OK, maybe I’m learning slowly.) While this week’s quote was a well-intentioned attempt to rethink what has grown into little more than a bank holiday, this post from The Oatmeal does a better job by rather graphically outlining an alternative to celebrating a guy who should probably be forgotten, although that’s not likely. http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day

    So whoever your role model is, keep your own exploratory spirit alive, while keeping your humanity intact. Happy People’s Day, everyone.


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