Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
These days I’m stretching beyond anything I’ve ever done, chasing a life-long desire to write a work of literary fiction and feeling like I’m back in kindergarten — or even younger: a toddler just learning to walk. I’m fighting the writer’s chief (erroneous) defense against failure: i.e., procrastination: organizing and researching instead of writing, or writing blogs and essays (a more familiar genre for me) because I dread to write and read my feeble attempts to tell a story.
So that’s why I’m sharing here a collection of other people’s thoughts that I hope will inspire me to keep doggedly pursuing my dream. Here goes:
Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely
in my tenacity. (Louis Pasteur)
The most essential factor is persistence – the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come. (James Whitcomb Riley)
You only fail when you stop trying. (Wachabuy.com)
If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
(Martin Luther King, Jr.)
It always seems impossible until it’s done. (Nelson Mandela)