Do. Not. Quit. It sounds so simple. Yet, we have to set these words in our brain if we want to fulfill our dreams of being a writer. A wonderful article. I encourage you to read it through. Thank you.
Recently, there seems to be a very strange bug spreading among some of my friends. All of them are beautifully talented and fabulously creative. All of them once had a big dream, a wonderful vision. But somewhere along the way, when the road got bumpy and the journey seemed to be taking too long, when the first book didn’t become a New York Times bestseller, when the first attempt to get a client didn’t work out, when they first got rejected, when they immediately didn’t become millionaires, they decided to fill their life with excuses and quit. “It’s too hard. I’m not really talented. This is not meant to be. It’s frustrating. I can’t afford to.” I could go on and on.
First, I tried to stop this weired epidemic. I tried to encourage, support, clarify, motivate, coach. I was shocked. I watched them in disbelief, in pain. I saw them kill the flame, the talent, the possibilities, and I couldn’t wrap my head around it. Until I did.
Following your dream is a nice phrase, and it sounds lovely and pink when it’s still in your head. But when you finally roll up your sleeves and get down to serious work, it’s not a rose garden or a walk on sunshine. It involves hard work, disappointment, pain, obstacles, nasty people, sleepless nights, raw emotions, empty bank accounts and loss of “friends”. It’s the toughest, yet the most beautiful journey in the world. It takes forever, it makes you cry, but it also makes you feel alive. And it’s not for the faint of heart. It won’t be handed to you on a silver platter. It must be fought for.