What’s the deal?
Spin the wheel
If the dice are hot…take a shot
Play your cards. Show us what you got
What you’re holding
If the cards are cold
Don’t go folding
Lady Luck is golden
She favors the bold
Stop throwing stones
The night has a thousand saxophones
So get out there and rock
And roll the bones
One simple easy word to read, not so easy to live by. If there is one certain driving force to the Art reinvention it is the willingness to risk. To risk failure. To risk embarrassment. To risk your life savings or risk taking a chance on total uncertainty. It’s not the way we’ve been brought up necessarily. We’ve been taught to save your money, not make a fool of ourselves, seek security above all else, chase the American dream. Well, I don’t know about you but none of that really worked out the way I had planned.
You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. ~Wayne Gretzky
During my years at the newspaper I worked for everyday I went to the office I feared I could lose my job. Everyday. For 27 years. And you know what. I finally did. And the fear was much worse than the reality. I worried myself sick about what would I do if I lost my job. And once I did I found it was liberating and energizing. I set up my own freelance business and though it has been bumpy in a bad economy it’s been one heck of a lot of fun. I’m still adjusting to being my own boss but I have to tell you, I wish I had struck out on my own years ago.
I’m off right now risking. I’m flying to Dallas to finish up the final details to relocate there in August. Other than moving during the hottest month of the year I am so excited and energized that I can hardly sleep. Am I scared. Sure. A little. But if you don’t feel at least a little fear it means you aren’t risking enough. So for me it’s time to push the envelope, get out of my comfort zone and start life completely over in a new place, with a fresh new, positive attitude.
And you? Are you risking lately?
Behold the turtle.
He makes progress
only when he sticks his neck out.
~James Bryant Conant~