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There’s something inside that wants to make something beautiful.
Sometimes, you lay awake at night dreaming of possibilities and wondering what could happen if you took the leap.
You see the amazing work of others and know that you could do something similar.
Every now and then your heart starts racing when you talk about your aspirations.
I was watching David Attenborough’s latest series, Life Story, this week and one of the featured animals was a beautiful male flame bowerbird who had spent weeks meticulously building a bower to attract a female.
It was extraordinary to see the level of care and detail that went into his creation as he fidgeted and fussed about enthusiastically.
Then, when he was distracted by a couple of younger males, a rival came in and completely destroyed the bower.
He returned crestfallen and completed a quick inspection of the damage.
Then he did something amazing.
I know that there are people who make it look easy, and becoming one of the best in your field seems like a cool idea, but don’t forget to read the small print.
It will be hard. Really hard. There’s no avoiding it. It’s part of the deal.
It will take longer than you hope. I know that there are exceptions and stories of overnight success, but you won’t be one of them.
Those who are looking for a reason to work in a dead-end job for the rest of their lives, will find one.
Those who are looking for a reason to live in fear, will find one.
Those who are looking for a reason to complain about their circumstances, will find one.
Those who are looking for a reason to criticise and put others down, will find one.
But those who are looking for a reason to live with passion, will find one.
To take action.
To change direction.
That you have nothing to offer the world.
That you’re not passionate about anything.
That your excuses are too much for you to overcome.
That you’re the same as everyone else.
A couple of nights ago, as we arrived at the track, there was an older boy being put through his paces by a coach.
This young man wasn’t in great shape and it looked as though he was about to collapse when his coach told him to do one more run through.
The boy looked exasperated and said that he couldn’t do any more.
The coach turned him around to face the track ahead and simply said, “Just put one foot in front of the other.”
They can put down your aspirations.
They can wait for you to fail and say, “I told you so” when you do.
They can sneer and laugh and point at you.
They can give you a thousand reasons as to why your idea won’t work.
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The food critic feels confident as she gets to judge the chef and give the world her opinion.
The playwright feels anxious about opening night. “Will they turn up?” “Will they like it?” She wonders.
The audience feels confident as they take their seats. “Who else is here?” “Will I like it?” They wonder.
The preacher feels anxious as he stands at the pulpit to deliver another message.
The congregation feels confident because no matter what is said, they can take it or leave it.
Better to have been criticised and laughed at for your errors, than living your life avoiding criticism.
Better to have made mistakes that you could learn from, than staying ignorant.
Better to have things that you wish you could have done better, than having things that you wish you had done.