Firstly, it is important to determine the difference between boldness and courage; while boldness takes the natural lead, courage requires that extra push to gain forward momentum. Boldness is synonymous with both free will and a determined plan of action, or as Kirkegaard came to conclude, ‘the moment of decision is madness’.
And further proof perhaps that a leap in the dark is nevertheless premeditated. If fortune favours the bold, it is because they always push the boundaries, in spite of the risks incurred.
Daring is David Bowie changing his style like a chameleon, or Bob Dylan, trading his acoustic guitar in favour of electric, both challenging their followers, taking them to new heights. Or tightrope extraordinaire Philippe Petit walking the wire between the Twin Towers, a hair’s breadth from certain death.
To be bold is to flaunt the rules, as did Yves Saint Laurent with the Mondrian style, or James Joyce challenging the accepted rules of language. In other words, to push oneself, a genre or an art form to the very limits. Time and time again, it is by virtue of boldness that the world refuses to stand still and continues on the march of progress.