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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Get in the Boat

"You can be anything you want to be", "You can do anything you want to do". Its the message we've always heard and the message that we continue instill in our young. So why is it so many people are still struggling to be and do?

I heard a well known radio announcer say something that registered at a deeper part of my being. It was predestined that I was in my car at that particular time just so I could hear that statement before he left the airways. He said " ..Become Passionate About Your Gift". Now stop and think about it for a minute. Even though I've always encouraged people (mostly youth) to discover what their natural gifts and talents are, this was also a reminder that even adults are still trying to decide what they want to be when they grow up. We often go after dreams that look appealing to us or we see another excelling in their gift and we adopt it as our own.

Jill and Jane both aspire to become runway models. Both invest time, energy and money into their efforts. Jill becomes a success while Jane works just as hard but can't seem to make the cut. The difference? It comes natural to Jill. Everyone can see that this is what she was born to do. Every one was born with some gift or talent to share with the world. Something you can do a little bit better and easier than the average person. Don't neglect it. Develop a passion for that and success will naturally follow. And that's success according to your own definition.

I'm becoming passionate about my gift, which has become my dream and my life's work. I'm taking small steps every day. And as fearful as it may be sometimes, a friend constantly tells me that "I have to get in the boat, before I can get out of the boat". I'm looking forward to walking on water one day :)

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it. -Bill Cosby
(Live Well -Rediscover Your Natural Gifts)


  1. Thanks for the encouragement! Nice to meet you! I've decided in the last year or so to try & make some money with my creative talents...one of this year's goals is finding a sponsor for my blog and getting published. Right now I'm working on getting the word out, so hopefully I can acomplish these goals.

    I can't wait to read more! Signing up to follow you! :)

    Stopping by late from Ann's VGNO! Come over & check out my latest creation, a mini album from local Portland area company Punky Sprouts. I'm very excited to share them with all the papercrafters out there & I'm sure even those who aren't will enjoy checking it out.

  2. Love this post! ...and naturally, I'm promptly writing the quote in my book. :)

  3. Very true! When I was at school career planning was restricted to a discussion of the subjects you were good at academically and how best to utilize them. Passion for and interest in things never entered the equation. I hope when the time comes with my daughter that if she shows natural talent and interest in something I can help her nurture that and take it wherever she wants. (OK, if she really likes pole dancing and thinks she can make a good career out of that I might not be so willing!)

    Stopping by belatedly from VGNO to say hi

  4. This is so beautiful. Wonderful words!!

    Thank you so much for being a part of the Friday night Virtual Girls Night Out.