Rumi’s Advice to Aspiring Entrepreneurs

There are so many precious gems and jewels to be found in the works of Rumi, a 13th-century poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. One passage that has always inspired me deeply is:

“Load the ship and set out. No one knows for certain whether the vessel will sink or reach the harbour. Cautious people say, “I’ll do nothing until I can be sure.” Merchants know better. If you do nothing, you lose. Don’t be one of those who won’t risk the ocean.”

In it we find beautiful timeless advice for entrepreneurs and change-makers in every generation. To me, it basically instills the courage to try, and be bold.  If you have a great idea, say Bismillah and go for it.

Rumi’s words have inspired millions over the centuries and is one of highest-selling poets in the United States.

Which quotes have inspired you?