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“… But the biggest part, I think, is the courage to see yourself as someone with something significant to offer the world.  When a writer has that kind of courage and confidence, (they) will look at the world differently.  Fear of failure dissolves, as does fear of success.

– (Too Lazy to Work, Too Nervous to Steal, by John Clausen)

We all have particular gifts and talents — abilities of some kind that come to us naturally — that we utilize more easily, perhaps, than someone else.  Whether in sports, business, or some simple display of creativity, this is a truth that’s on display every day.  That you are good at something defines it as a talent.  What defines it as a gift, I believe, is that you enjoy doing it.  And, sometimes, the most difficult part of realizing and utilizing a gift – “doing” – is believing strongly enough in that gift so that you develop and exploit it as well as you should.  Putting it on display for others to judge – fairly or not; kindly or not – is a leap you need to take to establish the worth of your product.  The above paragraph from John Clausen’s book takes it a step further – Knowing what you’ve got is one thing, but seeing yourself as someone worth paying attention to takes you from, “Yeah, I could do that”, to, “Yeah, I do that.” 

So, that’s where we’re going to start.  I’m taking that leap of faith.  I recognize the ability to write as a gift because I enjoy doing it, and I regard myself as someone with (potentially, at this point) something significant to offer the world.  Along the way, we’ll try and get a good Voice going and make things interesting.  We’ll see…

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.clip_image001

Thoreau

~Jmc

One Comment

  1. Urmas wrote:

    Thanks a lot for that extremely cool post.

    Sunday, December 26, 2010 at 6:31 am | Permalink

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