These are words all of us need to hear. Tape them to your bathroom mirror. Remind yourself every morning that you have a choice. Let go of the fear of failure. Move forward in the direction you truly feel called to go. Just like Jim Carrey's dad, there was a time that I thought the practical option was the best option for me. We all have a story. Mine began with graduate school about a year into marriage. I was preparing to get my masters in accounting and work as an accountant for my career. It was safe. My husband was a musician at the time whose career was similar to any other in the creative industry. I happen to be 'good with numbers' and knew this path would give us benefits and a steady income. Two weeks into my program, I dropped out. My husband knew something wasn't right after I made a poor grade on my first test. He knew I was capable of working hard and doing well. He wondered what my deal was when I wasn't putting in the time. The truth was, every day I was in the program I kept thinking about the career I really wanted. I wanted to be creating. I wanted to be my own boss. I wanted flexible hours because I knew I wanted to be a mom one day. I kept making excuses saying to myself that a steady career would allow me to have creative hobbies. I was afraid. of failing. of telling my family that I didn't want to really to do accounting. of looking like a quitter. of so many things. But it was now or never. The final loan payment was due the next day and that helped make my decision. So I went to one of my (very sweet) professors and explained to her that I just didn't think this was the right career path for me. I walked away from graduate school knowing that I had to do something. I had to put myself out there because I had no other choice. I gave myself three months create my photography business. I signed up for Elizabeth Messina's photography workshop in the south of France (a $7000 investment). I knew it would offer more education and inspiration than any program could to help get my business right from the very beginning. And I never looked back. In the past 5 years my business has developed and grown in ways I never knew possible. I've crafted a path for myself that has a steady income, allows incredible opportunities during 'work hours', is every changing and evolving, and most importantly, has been a journey of fulfillment and love. Just the other day I was talking to my husband about my work and how much I absolutely love it. Despite the parts that are challenging (hello new product line launch two months before moving to Israel!), I could not imagine having missed out on all that I've learned in the past 5 years. It took reaching a place where I had to make a decision. And I decided the possibility of failing was worth the possibility of succeeding. And it is possible. For each of us to succeed. It won't happen overnight, and there will be many frustrating moments along the way, but if you keep on, it'll be worth it. I've been there. And when I've wanted to throw in the towel, I've been encouraged by others stories. So that's why I'm sharing a part of mine with you. Perhaps it'll encourage you to listen to the voice in your head. And to remember, "you can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love."
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