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Fortune and Glory

“Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.” -Indiana Jones

The phrase fortune favors the bold rings true in any life. There are those that dream of quitting their jobs and traveling the world, and then there are those that do it and make it work. What is the worth in doing something half-assed?

In 1956 a 26-year-old Thomas Fitzpatrick stole a single-engine plane from the Teterboro School of Aeronautics in New Jersey, took off without lights or radio contact, and landed on St. Nicholas Avenue near 191st Street in Manhattan around 3 a.m near the bar where he had been drinking. The plane’s owner refused to press charges. Two years later he did it again after a bar patron refused to believe the story of his first landing.

Fortune and glory is the antithesis of those obsessed with raging mediocrity. Not all great adventures start in a tavern and end in a plane in the streets of Manhattan, but it’s that yearning to experience what’s different, to chase the fortune and glory of the world that propels the explorers and misfits around the world to keep chasing their dreams and landing planes outside of bars.

Fortune favors the bold, not the boring.

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