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  • I was introduced to this quote during the summer of 2009 while at a four-week long design workshop called Project M in Greensboro, AL.

    These words were spoken by the late Samuel Mockbee, who is well known for starting the Rural Studio in Auburn University many years ago. This was something he would tell his architecture students as they ventured out of the classroom and to build houses, community centers, and parks with the Hale county community in mind. This quote provided them the courage to take their ideas and drawings of these structures and make them live in the world, to help add value for those in need.

    The last few years of my life have presented me with amazing opportunities, but opportunities that didn't come without uncertainty. "Would this be a mistake if I did this?", "I can't afford to pass this up.", "I can't afford to fuck this up.", "What if things don't go as planned?"

    I've seen a lot of the country (Iceland and Germany as well) and experienced some amazing things due to me jumping on board when these opportunities came up, but holy shit is that a scary feeling when deciding on what opportunity to do at first.

    I'm reminded by another quote I recently came across, "Nothing is risker than not taking risks."

    I feel that this statement fits nicely right before the Mockbee quote. Decide on the risk, take it, then "proceed and be bold" moving forward.

    Mockbee realized, in my opinion, that it is this act of being bold that helps us build our courage needed when faced with uncertainty as new opportunities come our way.


    A friend of mine, who also went through Project M, created screen printed posters displaying the two quotes mentioned above. I see the Mockbee quote every time I interact with my iPhone, which has been my wallpaper since May 2012. To this day, I still get goosebumps when I read those four little words.
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