Our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion, we have not chosen, but society has chosen for us. We are parlour soldiers. We shun the rugged battle of fate, where strength is born. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepreneurs worst enemy. Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego. Instead, we want to work from the Self, that is, from instinct and intuition, from the unconscious.

A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. Its only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.” – Steven Pressfield, Do the Work

The idea of “being realistic” holds all of us back. From starting a business or quitting a job to dating someone who may not be our type or moving to a new place – getting “real” often means putting your dreams on hold.

Today, let’s take a step away from rational thought and dare to be bold. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle.

The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for?

(Author: Matt Cheuvront)


I think there’s always been a part of me that wanted to work for myself.

When I was very young, when I thought about being a grown up, I often thought about being alone. I never imagined a future with kids, a house, and a husband. I always saw myself being this career-driven, motivated person. My job would be what my focus was. I would own what I did. I can remember being about 12 years old and thinking about a career in culinary arts. I loved cooking (still do) and wanted to become a chef. I would open my own restaurant. I would create things that I only saw on the Food Network. That’s what I thought about when I imagined my future.

Fast forward to age 15. Now I wanted to be a journalist. I was going to go to NYU and live in the city and be one of those sophisticated women who sip on martinis and pull their ponytails back just a little too tight. That was going to be me. I didn’t picture a boyfriend or a husband. I pictured a small apartment, a cat, and a career where I would just write what I wanted. I didn’t think about editors or deadlines. All I thought about was seeing my name in that byline.

I almost became a journalist. Almost. After a few advisement meetings, I shifted my focus in college to advertising and public relations instead of journalism. It turned out being the perfect fit for me. I love it. I get this rush and thrill when I get the chance to help someone communicate. So, I decided to pursue communications as a career. I’m working in the industry as both a SEO Manager and as a freelance writer, but I know that I won’t be in these roles forever. Sure, I want to get my feet wet doing something new and put in my years of experience in a more traditional setting, but one day, I want to go back to what I imagined when I was young. I want to be my own boss.

I want to own every piece of work I produce. Doing what, I still don’t know, but I can tell you one thing: working for myself will be the greatest challenge and greatest reward of my life. In my heart, I know that I will work for myself one day – but I’ve created a mess of obstacles that I need to overcome.

My Obstacles & Solutions

But besides these things, I think it’s also important for me to remember that my imagined future is never going to be exactly as I pictured it and that’s OK. In reality, it’s even better.

Now, my focus on the future has changed a bit. Maybe not changed, but it’s less black and white. Now, when I think about my future, I imagine myself still being my own boss – but with a committed partner.

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