How To Discover a New World

How To Discover a New World


I was wandering around Sevilla, Spain a few years back when I stumbled upon the most fascinating place. It was a building called the Archivo de Indias. It’s the place where they store all the records of the Spanish exploration of the Americas.

There was a letter in there signed by Columbus himself. It was interesting, because he signed it Xpo FERENS. Xpo was the Greek for Christ. There was also a really cool old map of Guatemala.

I thought it was kind of odd that they call it the Archives of India. I’m guessing it’s because Columbus was actually setting out to find a new way to India. But in the process he stumbled upon the Americas and, for better or worse, the whole world changed at that point.

Nobody ever changed the world by doing the same thing everyone else is doing. Unfortunately, very few are brave enough to try something new. It’s risky. You could fail, or get hurt, or maybe even die. You could look foolish. It’s much easier to trust the old systems. Problem is, if you do the same thing everyone else is doing, you’ll get the same results everyone else is getting.

Don’t be afraid to set out into unknown territory. Try new ways of doing things. Get creative. Try lots of stuff. I’m pretty convinced the risk is always worth it. Because even if you fail you can stand confidently saying, “Hey, at least I tried. Everyone else just stood around doing the same thing they’ve always done.”

Be brave. Get out there and have an adventure.