Go Big or Don’t Go at All. In Praise of Fearlessness.

This is a short story about owning your power. In 1980 I saw The Pretenders play at a little club in Boston. The first record was still an import and no one really knew what they were about. A ton of new bands came out that year: U2, Echo and The Bunnymen, The Police on and on. At the club, after the warm up band cleared out, the house announcer comes on and says something like “Lets give a big welcome to The Pretenders”. To which Chrissie Hynde grabs the mic and snarls ” That’s Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders”. The band storms into Precious and we go wild.

That was 3 lifetimes ago, and I remember it like it was yesterday. Half that band died within 2 years, but Chrissie kept rocking. She was on a mission and she was not going to be stopped. It reminds me of what some of my young surfer friends say “Go big or don’t go at all”. I mean really, what is the most regretable thing a person can do in their lifetime: to go small and not claim their power, not really reach for it. Its what we don’t try that we regret most, not what we fail at.

When I am looking for models, what I want is fearlessness. I have had the honor of working with some amazing talents. What they all have in common is a williness to do anything, to fail, to look bad, to fall. These are the people that attract me. These are the subjects the thrill me.

I had that fearlessness when I was 19. I still have it now. I am blessed with being able to forget what is not possible. When people work with me they almost always say 2 things: how relaxed things are and how enthusiastic I am. This is after 35 years of doing what I do. To everyone out there today, this is what I wish for you. To stay the course of your mission and to go big every chance you get.

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5 Responses to Go Big or Don’t Go at All. In Praise of Fearlessness.

  1. K K Joshi August 23, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Hi David. Those were really powerful words put in a straight manner. Really could connect with what u said. :)

    • David August 23, 2013 at 10:02 am #

      Hi KK,
      Thank you for taking the time to send in your kind words. I am very happy the post resonated for you. If we all try our best to be the best we can be, I suspect we would be happier people at the end of the day. As my good friend and business monster Kelly Cooper says ” You are thinking too small”. Best advice I ever heard.
      Warm regards,

  2. Regina Harris August 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Very Inspirational . Great writing.

    • David August 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

      Thanks Regina. Nice to hear from you. I am back in NY in the fall. Look forward to seeing you.

  3. joe corrigan August 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    Thanks a lot for sharing that story and your insights about it all. I’m a friend of Dan’s your old roommate for a couple of lifetimes ago.

    Best, Joe

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