FEAR – that may be the only thing holding most of us back from living our dreams. I am going to step out on a limb and share a life-long dream. I want to write. Not just my blog posts. Not just advertising copy for work or clients. There are books and stories, ideas and concepts, philosophies and beliefs that need to move from my cognitive conscience to the printed page. I have tinkered with this idea before, but the things same hold me back that hold most people back from their dreams – FEAR.
- Fear of providing a secure living for my family.
- Fear that my thoughts and ideas might be rejected.
- Fear that maybe I am not as good I as I think I am, or that my stories are only meaningful to me.
The heck with all that! This week I may have received the affirmation I needed to continue. In working on a major advertising campaign I had to write several radio commercials and develop about a dozen billboard advertisements and, in my objective opinion – they were pretty good, especially for first drafts. Now I am blessed to work with an amazing team of people and they provided a tremendous amount of encouragement to these initial efforts – but there is still a challenge. Where they just being nice? The truth is, it doesn’t really matter!
On April 23, 1910 Theodore Roosevelt penned these words, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
That is now my mantra to succeed or to strive valiantly in failure. I will not be one of those cold and timid souls who knows neither victory nor defeat.”