It is hard breaking away from the masses. It is even harder to find your own way when there isn’t a marked out path. I have the utmost respect for those who try to follow a passion or dream in the face of criticism.
It seems, however, that when those traveling on the unmarked road are unsuccessful at something, those sitting comfortable in their golden cages feel smug with an air of ‘I told you so’ about them. Like their own restrictive lives have been vindicated. But ALL successful people have failed. Simon Cowell, Stan Lee and even Walt Disney were all bankrupt before becoming a success.
A successful person is NOT someone who never fails. A successful person fails many times and instead sees this as feedback on how to do something differently. Failure is just a word, a state of mind and can be the beginning of something new. Something better.
I use failure as a sign that something isn’t right for me or isn’t align with my true purpose in life. So I move on to the next idea. My only failure would be if I gave up. If I went back to a life that was governed by someone else instead of me.
So don’t let an unsuccessful venture or a dead-end idea put you off. Don’t feel ashamed for having tried. It takes courage to swim against the grain, and even more courage to step away from something that isn’t working and admit that it’s time to move on to something else.
Certainly never let people who are stuck in their own unhappy existence, judge yours. You only ever need answer to yourself.
Love, Dani xx