If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...
During my 61 years on this earth, I have learned that living life successfully requires great courage and risk.
While I think I always knew this simple truth, I didn’t find the courage to follow my dreams until I was 48. And I have never looked back! My life today reflects the dreams that I had 50 years ago, when I was 11 years old. I wouldn’t have the life I have today had I not taken the risk–learning from the turtle that you only make progress when you stick your neck out.
We are continually faced with great opportunities disguised as insurmountable obstacles. I know that first hand. Opportunities may not always seem perfect at first–but if you don’t take them when they are presented, they may never come again. So seize the opportunities that are presented to you and make them your own.
If something speaks to your heart, don’t hold back. Jump! Make things happen for yourself. Step out on faith–and I mean deep-water faith. Even the most ordinary people CAN achieve extraordinary things in life–IF you believe in yourself and your dreams, have the courage to change, and persevere until you reach your dream, no matter the obstacles. And if Plan A doesn’t work out, don’t give up–go to Plan B, Plan C, etc. Who knows–there just may be an even bigger plan for you.
Vincent Van Gogh said, “I dream my painting. Then I paint my dream.” Dream the Big Dream. Identify what you are most passionate about–and then pursue that with a passion. You CAN achieve your heart’s desires–anything you want to. Don’t ever let anyone–especially yourself–tell you that your dreams are silly or unimportant. They are YOUR dreams. And every dream IS within your power to achieve.
I am living, breathing proof that dreams DO come true. So never settle for less. Never give up your dreams. Have the courage to follow your heart. Your heart will never steer you in the wrong direction, because it is through our hearts that the Universe speaks to us. And you WILL find your dream in that place where your mind meets your heart and your soul.