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Thursday, September 18, 2014

It's Okay to Make a Mistake

A lot of people write books to give advice. They are experts in something and a lot of them say to do this or that and you will be rich like they are or have a big house or whatever. That is great. I have read a lot of those books and continue to read because their successes are inspiring. They motivate us to continue along whatever path we have chosen or are moving towards. 
But for the vast majority of us we doggedly live and work each day trying to make ends meet. We worry about stuff, all kinds of stuff. We worry about finances a lot. The car breaks down and it is costing us an arm and a leg to get it back on the road but we need the car so we can get to work. The kids need braces or we try to save up for their education. The list goes on..
So what happens is most people worry so much the fear to change paralyzes them. They are afraid to make even a small change in their life because if it doesn't work out then they will feel like a failure. As well, if they do try once and it didn't work out they stop right there. Their friends may have laughed at them so the person put his or her tail between their legs and settled for conformity.
Then year after year passes and all that happens is we get older. Eventually, for most whatever opportunities that presented itself earlier on in life have slowly evaporated till there is no more chance to see what might have happened.
I don't want to paint a bleak picture but whatever is holding you back from trying something you really want to do let it go. "Just do it," like the Nike ad says.
"What is the worst that will happen?" You can always replace money but when you are older you cannot all of a sudden change your mind and say I'll do it. By that time you may be in a wheelchair.
When I tell my story in the book I did so many spontaneous things it was like I was an eternal optimist. I thought a lot of things I did would turn out wonderfully. They didn't but it turned out pretty good in the long run.
If you don't do something nothing will happen. So do something that you would like to do and if it doesn't work out just say, "Next!" And don't worry about what other people think of your idea. They do not live your life. You have your own story to write..
Right now I just want my son at Sick Kids Hospital to come home.
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