If you build it, they will come.

Stop talking yourself out of trying and start on that path to success and happiness.

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I have always been a firm believer of ‘if you build it, they will come‘and how it could be applied to many aspects of life.

Want to be an author? You need to finish a book.
Want to host house parties? You need to have an inviting space to do it.
Want a better job? Then you need to prep your resume and look.

There is a world of your desires that will find you when you put yourself in a situation that makes you available to receive it.

The opposite is also very real.
It is very easy to talk yourself out of trying to pursue your dreams. This might be out of fear or maybe just out of the overwhelming undertaking you might be diving into. Either way, if you never start you will definitely never finish.

I am again reminded of something my father used to say when we were out fishing.
I would turn to him, sometimes discouraged because we hadn’t caught anything or sometimes just baiting my hook, and I would comment on the obvious fact that we hadn’t caught anything. Helpful and informative, right?
His response was typically, “you’ll never catch anything if your hook isn’t in the water.”
And even though there was a few times when birds would swoop down to snatch some bait and sometimes snag the one on the hook – he was still right.

You can go fishing, never drop your line, and then never catch a fish. Sounds obvious, but we as people, do this in some many ways on a daily basis by setting ourselves up for failure. Maybe by accepting that we won’t have what we want when we very simply can.

I’ll give a couple of examples.

I want to be an author.
Great! So much opportunity to open up your mind and share your story.
I don’t have the time, it’s a lot to organize and I don’t know where to begin.
Well lucky for us it’s 2017 and there is a guide online for everything.
All you really need to do is write the book. I consider time to be money, because somehow I never seem to have enough of it. However, if you can manage it, you can make it go a long way. Ask any one of those extreme coupon clippers.
Why not write a few pages a day? 3 pages x 3 days a week x 26 weeks (6.5 months) = 234 pages. Look at that, you have just written a Radiant Heroes episode.
And I bet you have been putting off being an author for more than 6.5 months, how many books could you have written?
{Time is temporary, but it’s wise investment can last centuries}

I want a better job.
Excellent, you deserve to find a place that you are happy and appreciated.
Well, I don’t know where to look and by the time I get home I’m too burned out to search.
I discussed in another article how looking for a new career is a job in itself and it certainly demands a lot of your attention. That being said, it would be worth it to be able to come home feeling like your day wasn’t wasted – instead it was invested. Start off small, take a day to prep your resume. Next day, reach out for some letters of recommendation. Following day, discover some reputable sites and companies that you feel would be a good investment of yourself. Take it slow, but keep going.


The moral of the story is:
Keep your hook in the water.
Build it and they will come, whatever they are.
There is no such thing as a failure who keeps trying.
Set yourself up for success and you will find it – if it doesn’t find you first.


With love,

M.C. Grimm






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