I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but the economy is bad. Like, really bad. It’s not a good time to go out and do anything outlandish, like start a business or invest in learning a new skill. You definitely want to keep risk taking to a minimum, that’s for sure. Oh, and the housing market is still pretty bad — and we’re now getting into the worst part of the year — so don’t even think about trying to sell your home, because no one will buy it. It’s always better to not try at all than to try and fail and be disappointed, right?
Dream stealers with Adultitis are everywhere. You can find them on TV, giving their opinions on the “news.” You can find them in universities, citing facts and figures for why the way things are now are as bad as they’ve ever been. You can find them in counseling offices, helpfully suggesting that maybe you should give up this because you’re really better suited for something safe like that. You might even find them on the street corner, in the conference room, at the barber shop, or in your own home.
True dreamers know times like these present a unique set of challenges, but not without a unique set of opportunities. True dreamers know that in order to become an overnight success, you have to work your face off. And true dreamers protect their dream, no matter what anybody says.
“Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.” — James Baldwin
Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something. Just because it’s hard or unlikely or never been done doesn’t mean it’s not possible.
[ Hat tip for the video to Fallible Blogma ]
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Just what I needed to hear today. I have been taking a few steps forward on a project and found out this morning I have been knocked back further than I would have liked. I just have to keep the eye on the goal, accept the current loss, and keep moving forward.
Thanks for sharing, Eric. Delighted to help. I heard recently that life is filled with “obstacle illusions.”
That movie scene always tears me up, but it’s one of my favorite “more recent” movies. (I’m way behind on my movies.) It reminds me how important it is not to kill our children’s dreams as parents, which is easy to do, esp. if we’re struggling to make ours happen.
Reminds me of a quote from Princess Bride…
“We’ll never survive!”
“Nonsense! You’re only saying that because no one ever has!”
Nice. Couldn’t have said it better myself.