The regret of never having attempted a dream is one of the great regrets of life. Ten years ago, a group of elderly residents in a care facility were asked, individually: “What are your regrets? If you could live your life over, what would you do differently?”
The answer … I wish I would have taken more chances.
That screams at me – and I hope at you also.
We will never know the outcome, or what we can do, or where “IT” is hiding unless we take a chance and go for it once in a while.
Yes, you might get rejected.
You may fail.
You may not come in first.
You may not even finish the race or the course or the program or the curriculum. But you tried! YOU TRIED!
You might even find that the end of the road is not where and what you wanted after all, but you tried. Look at what you learned.
Seth Godin used this in his latest book: “‘Will I get in’ is not nearly as good a question as, ‘It it worth trying?’”
Try! Try! By all means try.
Go. Do. Become. Strive. See what lies on the other side.
And if your fall short – look at what you know. Look at how the experience has changed you, improved you.
What we’re talking about here is this … make the leap!
I once sought fame as the world’s greatest choral and orchestral conductor. That carried me for twenty years or more.
And then I set my sights on being a mammoth business guru. I learned, and am still learning, a ton from that one.
I had a vision of being a real estate success. That lasted three years, thanks to bad timing and short funds. But the experience has been valuable.
For thirty years I talked of being a writer. I dabbled in it along the way and still dreamed about writing. One fine fall day in October 2009 I was challenged to get serious about writing and start blogging, just to see if I had the stamina. You see, I needed to prove to myself, and then the world, that I had something to say and I could sustain it.
It worked. Today, I have six blog sites, have published four books, and still write every day of my life.
See the thread that is weaving through this post?
We don’t know what we can accomplish until we start. It’s okay to make a bunch of starts. Nobody cares, really.
I do believe you will uncover your niche, your calling, if you knock on enough doors, turn over enough stones, or whatever metaphor you choose to use.
My advice …
P Michael Biggs
One Word at a Time