This morning I woke up terrified at just the thought of putting not just my novel, but this world in my head - as well as myself - out there for the world to judge. For a moment I couldn’t believe that I had allowed myself to be so vulnerable.
But today at work, a coworker said something that resonated. He said, “I wanted to prove to myself that I could do something that not everyone else could do. Because, if we’re being honest, unless you have a talent or something you’re really good at then you’re just like everyone else. You’re ordinary.”
As he spoke it was easy to see the truth in his words.
But talent, that ability to do something that not everyone else can do, is only one piece of the equation, right? Beyond an ability is the confidence to be able to do it, and the willingness to put yourself out there and be vulnerable.
It always strikes me that so many people in this world are talented, and I am fortunate to know some. If you’re reading this, take a moment and consider the guts that it would take for you to pursue your dream - your craziest daydream that you hardly dare to say aloud to even yourself. Ask yourself: if there was nothing standing in your way, would you pursue it? If you hesitated, ask yourself what is holding you back?