Before we do this, I have a confession.
There is something that stands between anyone’s glimmer of an idea and its creative fulfillment—between a blank page and a book, between an empty canvas and a painting, between an initial concept and a business. Steven Pressfield’s word for this internal force is “Resistance.” I know Resistance well.
I have frequently wrestled with what place my creative passions should occupy in my life, as I talked about in Making Your Passion More Than a Hobby. I have seen some people follow through on their dreams and others let their dreams fade. I have seen some people “make it,” and plenty who have not. The urge to investigate this more deeply gave birth to the idea behind these stories.
But the truth is that the idea to investigate this was born ten years ago—the same time it took to cycle through six different full-time jobs, getting married, having a child, and moving across the country twice. It took until now to lift the pen. Resistance is cunning. Better late than never?
The following stories are what I wish I’d had ten years ago when I was wrestling with the fear and internal struggles of finding a life mission. They are real stories about people who have wrestled with their fears and insecurities as they pursued a more meaningful life. Everyone is mid-journey. Some have enjoyed real success, some have tasted the bitterness of defeat. Every single one of them has taken a risk on pursuing a dream and living an authentic life.
Do you have a goal or a dream? An itch or inkling that there might be something more inside of you? That’s my purpose in seeking out and sharing these stories.
Resistance has tried to get me to quit a number of times already, whispering in my ear in its usual way. These people trusted you with their stories. What if you misrepresent somebody or do a shitty job? But I’ve already taken something from these people and their stories. That voice shows up for everyone. The real question is: how do you respond?
You have to be willing to crash and burn, if that’s what it comes to. You have to be willing to face rejection. You have to dance on the edge of failure. You can’t play it safe. Trying to avoid potential criticism or shame or failure by taking your ball and going home is a waste of your one shot. Playing it safe is failing—in art, in relationships, in business, in life.
So don’t play it safe. Blaze some trails. Start a revolution. Dance on the edge. And do it again and again until you’re totally free.
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