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A month or so ago I mentioned an amazing little book I picked up, "It always seems impossible until it's done." It's a classic at inspiration-building and well worth having on your book shelf or giving it as a gift this holiday season. Just click the cover and it'll link to the Amazon page.
There was a great quote from Denzel Washington that I ran across:
Every failed experiment is one step closer to success. You've got to take risks...
You will fail at some point in your life. Accept it. You will lose.
You will embarrass yourself. You will suck at something.
There is no doubt about it...Never be discouraged.
Never-hold back. Give everything you've got.
And when you fall throughout life...fall forward.
In a number of forums lately questions have come up about marketing material, redesigns of websites and blogs and promotional questions. Over and over again there's this hesitancy being expressed by the authors and it's always about taking risks. Everyone seems to want the formula for the "sure thing" and in all honesty, nothing is without risk.
Most of you need to take more risks, even if business is solid. Risk-taking can be as simple as just changing your exposure, lighting or composition on an image. It can be as complex as your pricing structure or branching out into a new specialty of expertise.
The bottom line is there's no such thing as a "sure thing", but if you have confidence in yourself and trust what's in your heart, each new step you take will you bring you that much closer to the success you're looking for.
you'll never get started on your trip to the top."
...and if you need help, you know where to find me.
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