This was posted in a course I’m taking right now. It spoke to me so strongly, I wanted to share it with you.
I want to thank all the folks who have supported this dream of mine, who didn’t tell me I was crazy, who said “Yes! Go for it!” even though, well, it was a little crazypants and amazing… and I thought I’d tell you, just in case you didn’t know… you are not crazy either.
You can totally do whatever it is you dream of doing.
These are really scary, hard times in a lot of ways. Most of us are worried about the “real world”, about the economy, making enough to get by. Maybe we’re laid off or struggling with a lack of health insurance (in my case, it’s both), or some other obstacle. At times like this it is so tempting to play it safe and defer your dreams, put them off “just until things get better.” But I guess I’d say, maybe consider not waiting. I started Honey&Ollie shortly after a lay-off, shortly after we lost our medical insurance, at a time where we weren’t sure if we were going to keep our home or what would happen. I put all my savings into it, instead of prudently reserving them for a rainy day. It made all of us nervous, especially the recently laid off ex Mr. Honey&Ollie. But he’s an inpsiration to me, because he makes his living doing what he loves and more often than anyone else, he’s the one who gets me thinking, “well why not?” when it comes to doing what I love.
The world did not end. It was not a catastrophe. We managed. For a lot of reasons, we managed, but maybe the most important reason was the willingness of my family to be supportive and watch me go for it, instead of naysaying my dreams.
It was probably the best thing I ever did for myself. No, not because I suddenly got rich – like most startups, Honey&Ollie is still struggling through the first year of growth and learning curves. I’m in the red and while that makes me nervous, I feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be. In terms of myself? My confidence and heart, my happiness and feelings of fulfillment, of doing what I want to be doing? I am 100% in the black, baby. And it’s wonderful.
So I’m just going to put it out there. One word for you today.
You’ll never know for sure if you don’t.