Life Is Not A Spectator Sport

David Nicoll, Ph.D
5 min readApr 12, 2022

Three quotes that, for years and years, have served me well. Three quotes that, at this point in time, could be life-savers for all of us as we begin to face up to the ‘New Normal’ world that Covid-19 and its varriants are creating for us.

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If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on…, you’re wasting your life.” [Jacky Robinson]

In my early 20s, I decided to spend my last few dollars on an airplane ticket to Egypt. My wife and my family thought this was a bad idea, since I’d be penniless when I landed. I’d have no place to sleep, no way to earn a living, and no one to turn to for help.

In my mind’s eye, what I saw was the fact that this airplane ticket would take me to Egypt. I’d actually be there. In a place I’d always wanted to experience. It’s history, it’s mysteries, it’s romance.

So, I bought the ticket and went. It was at the beginning of an adventure that lasted for years. It was the first time that my ability to step out and take a risk served me well.

He who hesitates is lost [Joseph Addison]

I was 28 when I was drafted into the Marine Corps (amongst the first and the last men the Marine Corps ever drafted). Late one night, I was told by my drill insructor that, along with all my fellow recruits, I was going to…



David Nicoll, Ph.D

I’m a dad, a reader, writer, and thought partner for individuals looking to improve their lives. My passion is learning and meeting this century’s challenges.