Monday, October 20, 2008

Don't Wait For Your Ship to Come in Swim out to it!

In my morning reading today I came across this quote by Jonathan Winters: "If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to meet it."
There was another a day or too earlier that said something, "Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle." Abraham Lincoln.

In other words, the only thing that will create success, or create that book you've been waiting to write, or create some other printed words you dream to have written, is ACTION. There is no way around it if you don't put your butt in a chair and write - you will never publish a word. You need to banish all fear of failing, of making a mistake -- mistakes are the lessons of life.

This Frank and Ernest cartoon strip says it all. Frank is at the counter at an employment office he has a long long sheet of paper he is apparently reading from to the guy who is taking his application. The caption says--"I don't have any formal education so I brought you a list of the mistakes I've learned from."

Feel the fear and do it anyway is almost a buzz word nowadays, but it's absolute truth. Do not be afraid of mistakes, no one is perfect. Perfectionism will stall you in your tracks. Not that you should adopt a careless, reckless, not-give-a-darn attitude. You should do the best that you can do with what you have at this very moment and let the rest happen.

"You can never learn less; you can only learn more. The reason I know so much is because I have made so many mistakes," says Buckminster Fuller (a mathematician and philosopher who never graduated from college but received 46 honorary doctorates.

Write Like The Wind
Lavender Lust
ISBN 1-60601-136-7


Francesca Prescott said...

I'm swimming, Billie/Cricket! I'm a little worried about jelly-fish, but I'm swimming anyway...
xx Francesca

Caffey said...

Hi Bilie/Cricket!
Just found the blog here and thrilled. I had no idea you had your book out here.

Not being a writer, but seeing this in other things in my life, so true, that the only way to strive for those goals is to DO. Thats to be success right there. Theres so much I used to say like 'wished I did this or that' but it feels better saying 'I tried this and that' and even more 'I did it' Doesn't matter how great it comes out. Its just the feeling of knowing I don't have to look back saying I didn't try. Thanks for sharing this. Got to write a few more I thought of that I haven't done yet!

Caffey said...

Oh your link to your site and blog didn't work. Maybe you could let me know where to find so I can update this laptop. Thanks.

tbranxiety @ yahoo . com

Savanna Kougar said...

Ain't it the truth!
Yep, tons o' mistakes. But lots of successes too.