I picked up a series of great little quote books a few months back. One of them is called "Don't forget to sing in the lifeboats" by Kathryn and Ross Petras. I opened it up for my own inspiration this morning and there was a quote that really hit home.
"When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers." Ralph Waldo Emerson
I look back on so many different aspects of my own life where I spent so much time worrying about failing that I missed the beauty of the process. I, like so many of you, was a "timid adventurer". I hadn't yet learned to believe in myself or my dreams.
The definition of success is very personal. We each have our own ever-changing priorities. Success is a moving target. You have to stay focused on your goals and aspirations. This post today isn't meant to suggest I have the answers, only to remind you that you do.
Remember the scene in the Wizard of Oz where the Wizard is behind the curtain manipulating all the special effects to scare away Dorothy and the gang? Well, business and this industry are no different. Making mistakes is all part of the process and there are virtually no permanently fatal mistakes. That means you've got to experiment with your skill set along with your marketing and stop letting the "world" bully your dreams.
It's time for so many of you to look behind the curtain!
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