A colleague and I shared a conversation on our recent business trip to North Carolina and in our colorful one hour long commute we discussed the movie Bohemian Rhaposody, a blockbuster hit detailing Freddy Mercury and the band Queen’s rise to fame. Upon returning from the trip, my wife insisted we watch the movie. After an anxious two weeks, I could finally witness for myself what the rage was all about.

As I intimately watched each song surface, I continuously hung on Jim Beach’s comment, “Fortune favors the bold.” In case you are wondering I get hung up a lot, which is likely why I used it as the title to my first, featured article on Rambling with Rooster.

I’ll never be the figure Freddy Mercury or the band Queen went on to become and I believe Jim Beach’s line resonates with me for one large reason. I once made a bold move that would forever change my life, as well as that of my family.

You see, the fortune I sought was something different than that of a band in pursuit of their dream. Let me be honest, I can sing a mean Chris Ledoux and I routinely mess up lyrics but I wasn’t chasing the platinum or in the business of proving naysayers wrong. I was in pursuit of something exciting, new, and challenging.

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The fortune I truly sought was a new world for my young family to grow and prosper. Unbeknownst to me at the time and almost two decades later, the fortune continues to pay dividends. Worthy of noting is that this is long before the mystical Rooster creature, or the disgusting, violent acts that occurred on September 11, 2001, and oh my, how that aforementioned bold move would try me for years to come!

Life is too short to wonder “what if” or doubt yourself. Hell, I’d argue you should never take no for an answer if it’s something you absolutely believe in. There are exceptions to every rule but ensure you understand why before settling.

“Be BOLD like a cicada – Pipe the heck up!!” 
 Maureen Joyce Connolly

Whether it’s fortune in the purest sense or good ole fashioned happiness, fortune does in fact favor the bold, especially when you are willing to take the risk. Twenty years ago, I didn’t think of this act as bold. I merely thought it was a means to remove myself from the West Texas grind.

Cadillac Ranch, Texas, United States
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Without sounding like a broken record, don’t be afraid to jump in head first. The fortune continues to pay for itself today and the family has grown, developed their own personalities, and been front row for one hell of a ride. There are probably a million stories of how a young man left home, family in tow to start and pursue something new. I’m no different, except I used this bold move to jump start Rambling with Rooster. If you’ve made it this far, thank you. I hope it wasn’t terrible. I can assure you I am my most fiercest competitor and will strive to get better with every post.

Fortune favors the bold!