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The Classic Pamela Positive: “Sail Away from the Safe Harbor” — Mark Twain

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

— Mark Twain

Writer, Humorist, Entrepreneur, Publisher, and Lecturer


People who are safe

It’s okay to feel safe. In some ways, we need to feel safe as a launching pad, knowing that someone believes in us.  

A supportive familiy,

an encouraging great uncle. 

Sisters and brothers that make us laugh. 

Perhaps a great education.  

From that harbor, we can and should launch into spectacular venues where we push ourselves out of our comfort zone. Start a business. Take a job that challenges. Visit a foreign country and try to learn a new language.  

You will grow and be inspired in ways you could never imagine. You inspire.


People Who Have Less Support.

For those of you who dream and discover starting from shaky ground, you have a courage that will carry you through to new heights and insights. 

You might not have had that family support.

You paid your own education. 

Your best friend – is your family. 

You love your dog, another best friend. 

You might at times feel alone.

But still, you push yourself to discover


You go on a volunteer trip to help save elephants, by yourself.  You pay for your education on your own.  You eat foods you\’ve never thought you would.  You step on stage!  You start a soccer club, or attend a UN meeting, write a CEO, become a CEO, or join a movement 

You still put yourself out there. You inspire!



Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, in Florida, Missouri, on November 30, 1835. He was the sixth child in his family. In 1847, his father died, which caused his family to fall into poverty. This would shape Clemens\’ writing and how he viewed the world. To help support his family, he began working as a printer at age 12.

In July 1961, he headed out west where he would eventually find steady work as a reporter for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. In his writing, he presented an honest, yet satirical portrayal of the antebellum south. His criticisms of the south, such as in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, cried out against racist attitudes. He led an exciting life as a ferry boat driver and a prospector during the Gold Rush; his experiences enhanced his understanding of the American culture which he wrote about.

In 1870, he married Olivia Langdon and the couple settled in Buffalo, New York with their four children. 

Bio Source: Wikipedia  Fig¹. Photo by Bobby Burch on Unsplash  Fig². Photo by Erik Dungan on Unsplash, Fig3 Photo by Jarad Rice on Unsplash, Bio Photo at Wikimedia