I recently watched a Ted Talk called Why you will fail to have a great career. It’s about 15 minutes long, but no visuals so you could listen and do whatever else (yup, I’m all about multi-tasking).
Here’s the basic idea – a life full of interests is going to result in a life not lived. A life full of excuses is going to probably end up being good, but not great. And we are better, can be more, should be more.
I’m showing it to all my high school juniors, students who, in five quarters, will be graduating high school and entering the pseudo-real world, full of decisions about their future.
But I thought about my own life each time I’ve watched it. For a long time, I dismissed the idea of writing because I had my kids to take care of, my husband to spend time with, etc, whine, excuse…you get the idea. And I had some decent animosity to these people for making me miss out on my dreams, but I didn’t really tell them what they were in the first place, certain they would scoff and point fingers or something.
But my family is the most supportive thing out there because they can see that mom is chasing a dream, has a goal, is full of ambition and not the reincarnation of the wicked witch of the west anymore.
Is it a juggling act? Like no other I’ve ever had before. Each of us who post on this blog work, have children, service projects/endeavors, etc. But twice a month, we get together, with the pages that we managed to do, because we have the deadline, external motivation, what have you, and our writing is progressing.
But even better than that, for me, is that my kids see that, with some group work and lots of dedication, I can still chase dreams. And if I can, so can they.
What are you doing to make sure you don’t fail to be great? How do you overcome the inevitable complications that could make you end up good? What or who has motivated you to be better?
3 thoughts on “Why I Won’t Fail”
My family and friends have been my biggest motivators to keep writing. I think overcoming the inevitable complications just boils down to making sure I have time to write each day . . . even if I just squeeze 233 words into 15 minutes like I did yesterday.
I was in the closet for a while about being a writer, and I'm so much more productive (and happier) now that I'm out! My family is supportive and wonderful, and (as I've said before) the writing community in general is supportive and wonderful, but I'd say my critique group gets the award for both motivating me the most and helping me grow the most. 🙂
It really is hard to balance writing and being a mom. It's too easy to feel guilty about taking time to write. I'm glad your family is so supportive.
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