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Rachel Hollis posted this this morning…”Are you humble enough to suck for as long as it takes to get better?” I had this total deluded view of myself and my dreams? No joke! I honestly thought yeah, I’m going to write my book, get an agent and hit the New York Times Best Sellers list within a year. It took me two years to even write my first draft which sucked. At the time, I didn’t know it because my mind was living in a Candyland climbing the pretend ladder. “I’ll just sprinkle some magic dust over this busted manuscript and voila my book will be in stores. People will rave about it. Oh and they will want to turn it into a motion picture where Reese Witherspoon will play the lead and then win the Oscar for best actor.” BTW, I didn’t even know how to spell voila, I assumed it started with a W. Life is funny like that. It plays along in the beginning and then chews you up and spits you out many times over. I, like many others think people just give up too soon. It makes perfect sense why they do. The money runs out. The no’s stack up to the ceiling. The phone doesn’t ever ring. If you given up on something, I understand. I couldn’t even get the majority of my friends to read my first, second or third book. I would tell them, “I’m going to be a successful writer!” The looks on their faces were all the same. “Oh, we just don’t have the heart to tell her she’s not a writer. Not a real one anyways.”

But here’s the thing. There is an opportunity that will lead to another opportunity and then to another with your name on it. Only it’s floating around, invisibly. You can’t see it but it’s there. Sometimes it’s far off in the distance and other times it whizzes by your head but you weren’t quick enough to catch it. The truth is, it wasn’t your time but that doesn’t mean it won’t be your time. Keep striking the iron. Keep shooting the arrow until it hits some, any target. There is a set time for you. A reporter once asked Thomas Edison how did it feel to fail 1000 times. He said, “I didn’t fail 1000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.”

It’s only crazy to others until you do it!

Humble yourself and keep trying. Your character and dreams are built in the dark.

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