“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work” – Thomas Edison
This week’s quote comes from inventor of the lightbulb Thomas Edison, and with good reason. Faced with the new year and the endless possibilities of re-creating, re-inventing, or re-booting yourself, the idea of self-revolutionising can be daunting. Many people can’t bear the overwhelming-ness of it and run and hide under their duvet with a milk tray.
Every journey starts with one step. Every achievement, every success, every medal- these are all the final product of a collective sequence of actions. The people who achieved these things? They worked day in, day out, tweaking, training, trying, doing every little thing possible to make their dream happen. Thomas Edison to Abraham Lincoln, Usain Bolt to Virginia Woolf, Maria Testino to Helena Bonham Carter; hard work makes dreams happen.
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers
Oh, I know I’ve broken the rules. It’s not really a quote a week if I post more than once a week! However, these past few days have been a period of timey-wimey existentialist reflection on all that has come before, and all that I hope to come in the future.
To be blunt, I’m scared. I’m scared of the future and all the things that could possibly go wrong and all the things I may never end up doing and all the people I’ll meet along the way. Not an unrealistic idea when you try and scoop all your plans, dreams, and life aspirations and try to bundle them all into one BIG decision. The BIG decision then becomes overwhelming and I try and hide under my duvet, clinging my knees and convincing myself I can work on freelance jobs forever.
Freya, pull your socks up. It’s all well and dandy have these wonderful life plans, but if I don’t take a step forward- even tiny, baby steps that might as well just be a wobble in place- then I’ll never know what I can do. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…
“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have” – Theodore Roosevelt
There are points in life, especially when you are young, when you reach crossroads and have to make very difficult decisions. These decisions can weigh up doing the right thing against the easy thing, doing something to keep yourself happy instead of your family happy, and addressing the fact that your aspirations and dreams in life are not going to come easily.
This week’s quote has been chosen to remind you that you are perfectly capable of getting yourself there as long as you understand that you don’t know exactly what there is, or how you’re going to get there. Making big decisions is a scary thing, especially when you believe that this decision is life-changing.
I am facing a decision over the next few weeks which asks me to choose between the easy and the hard, the unconventional and the routine, the desires of my parents and my own desires, and independence or reliance on another body, another institution, or another person.
Just remember, wherever you are and whatever you do, your actions will always carry you one step closer or one step further away from where you want to be. It is up to you to make the most of your crossroad to do what is right for YOU as an individual.
“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” – Napolean Hill
This week’s quote is to motivate me, as I have been putting of big projects and pieces of work for fear of failure. Nobody would achieve anything if they left ‘it’ until tomorrow.
What do you want to achieve this week?