Or that terrific book idea, you know the one, where you were going to offer great cooking tips or organizational skills in the workplace or home life. I too felt that maybe it wasn't my time. Needed more experience, skill or exposure. I am so grateful that I had the courage to pursue my passion for writing. I want to share a bit of my story with you in hopes that it will inspire you. Utilize and manage your time, energy and knowledge to keep your light going.
After a layoff in 2010 I packed what few things I had at my desk and hit the ground running. My business plan was blooming! I took time to research where my success would grow best. I reviewed various published works, publishing venues, interests and topics captivating the minds of those young and young at heart. I soon realized that there was room for me, albeit competitive in the world of publishing. I knew I could add more spice and flavor to it.
What changed for me? I lost my nerves and found the nerve to continue. I took a piece of paper and drew a line down the middle. One side reflected all the motivations, the other, reasons to pause. I took a long hard look at my skill level. Was I committed to being humble enough to accept critics and commendations? To learn, grow my talent. Clever enough to expect the challenges. Not to walk away when times got rough or the money ran low. Stamina to go it alone knowing that some would not be supportive. Sure was and still am!
Endless possibilities consumed me. I began to do the mental battle of which assignments to keep, which to reject. Which would help my career. I wrote my three novels, "A Flowered Thorn", "A Letter For Brighton" and "MOTIV8" all currently on Amazon. I added valued services within my realm of expertise and I learned that before asking for extended help I actually had something to offer. Three years later, here I am founder and CEO of my own publishing company, Floral Greens Publishing!
How can I describe this euphoria? You know the feeling when you see that perfect sunset. The warm rush of emotion as you drink in the colors. The sun descends and the crescent makes its arrival. The light is just right. Perfect. If the sun and moon altered an inch out of character, the results, not as spectacular. It is similar regarding your light. Take the time to choose your right path. Do not rush it. Set goals, write things down. Work alongside and keep realistic timelines that keep you current. Do the research and learn the difference between information and knowledge.
I have a favorite candle store in Granby Connecticut. The lovely owners have coined a now memorable phrase that appears at the end of their monthly newsletter. It simply says: "We'll keep a candle in the window for you". I'd like to add something slightly different as you embark on your quest to achieve: Don't allow anyone to blow out you candle.
May your sunsets be bountiful and bright!