Why I risk failure

Why I risk failure
"Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is". —  H Jackson Browne.

Last week, in a spate of love-bombing, my friend Sheila wrote this message on my Facebook wall:

I live vicariously through your journeys. I am witness to the beauty and magic without the blisters. I love the way you live life so fully and boldly. The way you never give up. It gives the rest of us permission to dream a little bigger. Thank you for being you.”

I felt delighted and honoured to receive such a heart-felt message of gratitude and encouragement but in feeling fully seen and acknowledged I was hit by a moment of vulnerability - I am sharing my publishing journey publicly and risking failure in front of everyone. If I don’t get published then everyone will know that I have failed, that maybe my writing wasn’t good enough, that I’m not good enough. I could be embarrassed and ashamed.

It was a momentary thought, a pretty shitty one that I quickly put aside because I know this...

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