Threadbare Gypsy Soul
Success is a state of mind. So if you KNEW you could not fail, what would you do?
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April 30, 2012
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Oh, the list would be long! What a great quote. I think I need to write this down and post it up somewhere. I get caught up in fear of failure too often and it stops me from persuing my dreams. Thanks for the reminder!
Sure! And yes… fear is our greatest enemy. That’s why I love this quote. It asks us, just for a moment, to take that fear away and imagine the possibilities 🙂
about what i’m doing. writing is a big jump for me.
Awesome Louise. You’re doing a great job 🙂
I’m with Louise. I’m doing it, with random bits of fear mixed in, but doing it. 🙂
I don’t think fear ever goes away. It’s how we deal with it that defines our path in life. Good for you for doing it anyway!
I LOVE that graphic, Ingrid. 🙂
Right!? You should check out her Etsy site. I want everything on there.
“I don’t think fear ever goes away. It’s how we deal with it that defines our path in life.”
Indeed, we must choose. Sometimes fears win, not only when we don’t pursue an idea or dream but also when we do and those hopes don’t turn out as planned. Even so, we still gain something for having tried.
Absolutely! As the saying goes, better to have tried and fail than have never tried at all.
Other than writing, which I’m doing?
Search and rescue. My health is bad so I can’t anymore, but I used to volunteer for Civil Air Patrol. I loved it, and I miss it.
Wow that’s awesome! At least you got to do it! What an amazing experience to have had.
I am not entirely sure. It’s funny you should ask because it’s something I’ve been asking myself for the last little while now – what next? If you could do anything – what would it be? I know it’s working more on my own, from home, doing something I am EXCITED about every day!!! Hmmmmm…
Excitement is key 🙂 Just keep putting it out there every day and I know you’ll find it!
Audition for American Idol if I knew I could not fail. At my age, though, I think I’ll continue writing and expect big things from that.
haha! And you’re on a good path with that. Keep at it 🙂
Love that quote and philosophy, Ingrid. I make it a point to try everything my heart leads me toward. Failure, to me, means not trying. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂
You’re welcome! And I’m right there with ya. You only fail if you don’t try.
Nothing. It’d be like having billions, you’d value nothing (or at least nothing I think I could associate with). I hate the embarrassment of failure. I fail at lots of things, but that’s what motivates me to do better.
It would be nice to do helicopters over moguls though 🙂
You make a good point. Failure, or the idea of it, does make us value things more. Without it, we’d have nothing to measure our success. 🙂
To repeat one of the many amazing quotes in HP Horace Slughorn said “There can be no light without the dark”
Just discovered you via David Walker’s tweet. So glad he shared! Just the reminder I needed today. John Ortberg wrote a great book a few yrs ago called, “If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat.” First, BEST book title ever. I’m 3 yrs into my own water walking exercise, having used your question as a motivator to get out of my boat (a 20-year career w/ the same company).
I often speak on this subject & remind audiences that while we don’t know what will happen when we take that first step into the unknown, we know EXACTLY what will happen if we don’t. The question is, “Which one can you live with?”
You’re welcome! Love your story.
And yes- It all comes down to that moment when the discomfort of the known outweighs the fear of the unknown and we finally step out of the boat. For some of us, it pushes us out 🙂 But we all have the choice.
Looking forward to reading your blog!
Just what I’m doing right now: trying to become a published writer with a long, successful career ahead of me.
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