Don’t Be Afraid

Good morning/afternoon/evening dear Reader 🙂

Are you stuck? Well, there’s always a first step to everything. Nobody likes to go slow, because it’s only natural to want things done today. There’s also the desire to be professional right now, to have it all, to be able to say, “I got this,” with your head high and not a spot of pink on your perfectly manicured face (of course, unless you’re a girl, because we love our blush). It’s okay to feel these desires, because we all do. I know I do, perhaps more than I should. It’s these desires that keep us on the path to get to that position of professionalism. They’re motivation.

There’s just one thing to do, and I know it, because I do the opposite all the time:

Don’t. Be. Afraid. 

What, afraid?

“Afraid of what?” you ask. Well, the possibility of never getting there. Fear is the biggest crippler. But did you ever see The Hunger Games? There is a quote in there that I just love, spoken by the antagonist of all people, but if you pay attention to a lot of movies the bad guy often says the most thought-provoking things. President Snow asks Seneca Crane, “Why do we have a winner?”

The answer: Hope. “It is the only thing stronger than fear.”

So instead of fearing, hope. Don’t worry that you don’t know much today. If you truly, truly, want what you’re after, you will do everything to take advantage of the resources you have. That doesn’t mean complaining or giving up because you don’t have the money for college or the valuable connections or the materials you need. Take advantage of the resources you have now. Use the Internet or books to gain the knowledge you need or to teach yourself a skill. Pick up the phone and make connections. Look around your house and see what you have now, and get innovative. The only thing that will keep you from doing this is fear. Don’t be afraid.

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” -Helen Keller

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