Friday, August 10, 2012

Taking that Leap into the Unkown

The other day on my facebook page I had wrote this status:

That status left to countless amazing and uplifting comments from my amazing friends:

Each comment just as uplifting as the one before it. It's also so true, if the timing was ever "right" to do something then everyone would be following their dreams.  I feel like at times we put our dreams "on hold" for  fear of the "what if". Don't get me wrong, I am 100% guilty of this as well. And I am not just talking about pursuing a career, there are all types of dreams & goals people put on hold. Like:

"Is now the time to buy a house? Will we go totally broke?"

"Should we have kids now? Can I afford to quit my job?"

"Can we afford to have another child?"

"Will uprooting my life and moving to a place I am unfamiliar with be a good idea right now?"

"Should I date this guy? He might break my heart"

"Is it even worth back packing across Europe? I have no clue how to speak any other language"

"Is now the right time to propose to her? What if she says no?"

"Should I bother giving my resume to that well known magazine? They probably won't hire me as a writer"

"Should I bother working out? I probably won't see a difference"

"Can I go away to school? Can I live on my own?"

"Should I pursue this new job opportunity? What if I don't make as much money?"

I don't know why we keep doing this to ourselves, always questioning our actions and holding off on what may potentially make us sooo happy for fear of utter and complete failure.

But ya know what? It doesn't always have to be doom and gloom.

So what if the only language you speak is english? You're going to hold off traveling Europe because you're scared you can't talk to the locals?

So what if guy breaks your heart? He may break your heart, but he may not.

Yeah, maybe that famous magazine won't bother looking at your resume and just throw it in the trash...but what if they don't?

Life is scary.

Life is full of a ton of disappointment.

But it's also full of a ton of success too.

Like these people:

Andy Warhol: Gifted his drawing "Shoe" to the museum of modern art, was thanked for the gift but was told they would not be displaying his drawing and that it could be picked up at anytime at his convenience.

Michael Jordan: was cut from his high school basketball team

The Beatles: rejected by Decca Recording studios who said "we don't like their sound" "they have no future in show business"

Steve Jobs: At 30 years old he was left devastated and depressed after being unceremoniously removed from the company he started

Walt Disney: Fired from a newspaper from "lacking imagination" and "having no original ideas"

Oprah Winfrey: Was demoted from her job as a news anchor because she wasn't fit for TV

Stephen King: The first book by this author, the iconic thriller Carrie, received 30 rejections, finally causing King to give up and throw it in the trash. His wife fished it out and encouraged him to resubmit it

Henry Ford: His early businesses failed and left him broke five times. He was advised by countless people not to get into the manufacturing of automobiles because he had neither the capital or know how.

Fred Astaire: In his first screen test, the testing director of MGM noted that Astaire "Can't act. Can't sing. Slightly bald. Not handsome. Can dance a little."

Steven Spielberg: He was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television three times. He eventually attended school at another location, only to drop out to become a director before finishing.

Lucille Ball: Before starring in I Love Lucy, Ball was widely regarded as a failed actress and a B movie star. Even her drama instructors didn't feel she could make it, telling her to try another profession.

Elvis Presley:  in 1954 Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after just one performance telling him, "You ain't goin' nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck."

sure, my facebook status might be a little cryptic. Maybe you know what it means, maybe you don't, but I know for myself and for my happiness I have to make that leap soon...

Thank you to everyone for all your support and amazing words, I hope you found a little encouragement today to finally do what has been holding you back.


  1. go for it! whatever your dream is - others are inspired because of what you do! (me included) :)

  2. Love this post, life is just too short!!!!
    I quit college to follow my dreams of being a full time jewellery designer, and I have no regrets, best decision I ever made! :)

  3. yep, all you said is so right on. I am guilty of this, we all are but girl, quit YOUR JOB! I did it and am poor , but I am happy :).

  4. Also, we can write another e-book together if you want...multiple revenue streams! :)

  5. I heart you! And you can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will hold & support you all the way! Pinky promise!

  6. wonderfully encouraging...i now follow you and see you all over the internet...LOVE your wares. saw you on illy's blog today. xo

  7. I have to tell you I kind of got chills reading what all the "greats" did. We tend to not think of ourselves as greats. I know I don't. But I try to keep reminding myself I am capable and nothing can stop me. Not in a prideful way, but in a hopeful way. If I don't dream big then what do I have?

    Hoping for the best for you. And just a side note. I quit my job making a very comfy salary when I found out I was going to be a mama. It was before I even had a twinkle in my eye of selling my work. I literally had no idea how we would pay the bills the month my first was born. But you know what, it all worked out perfectly. Yeah, we did and still do without a lot, but it's okay. I'm not missing much. :)

  8. Oh friend I love this post!!!

  9. This is a great post! Sometimes I feel crippled by my immediate fears or failures and it's hard to move forward with my dreams. I like being reminded that even the "great" people of history failed at one point in their life!!
    Thanks :)


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