“Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.” ~ Jessamyn West
Whatever happened to a good, gutsy move?
Is it me, or are they more rare these days?
Most of us have our talent in tact and accessible, but if we are to make any kind of dent in the world we must recover our courage. Talent can open doors and even help us begin our journey, but it’s guts that will get us where we are going. That’s right, guts. I hope I remember where I left mine. You?
Let’s quit trusting our talent.
Let’s quit being predictable.
Let’s quit playing safe.
Let’s quit phoning it in.
Let’s quit hiding behind what we think others want to hear from us.
Let’s quit putting our time and money on the sure thing.
Let’s find our courage again. Let’s to find the fortitude to actually take some risks with our work. You know… risk. R I S K. Risk, as in not a 100% guarantee. Risk, as in doing something better, crazier, more creative and out of the box.
Box? Pshhhhh. Seriously, who really cares about the box? C’mon… you don’t like the box, anyway.
Take some time today and locate your courage.
Find it. Dust it off. Start to use it again.
Do something that only a really gutsy person would do. Only you know what that thing is.
And, for extra credit gutsy-ness, would you tell us what it is?