I attended the Big Wow Comic Festival in San Jose, California yesterday and one of the panelists was a web comic artist. While her husband’s income gives her additional support, she works full-time doing what she loves. I was inspired by her courage and her willingness to work towards a dream that is by no means a sure thing. I am sure the artist had trepidations, but she followed her dreams despite them. True bravery, of course, is not the lack of fear, but the ability to act despite being afraid.
As I consider my own dreams, I realize more and more that my fearful thoughts – the voices that tell me not to take risks because I might fail – are not to be listened to. It is not easy to accomplish a dream that off the beaten path, but it is possible. I see people doing it all the time.
Yes, I might fail. But, as the old saying goes, the real failure is in not trying. If we are going to accomplish our dreams, we must proceed as if we believe we are capable of succeeding – which, of course, we usually are. And if we fail, it is often because there is a lesson we must learn before we can succeed, and that is how we grow.