Do you have a dream in your heart that you think it is too big for you and you are not sure if you can do it?
Most likely your answer is yes.
My dear friend, let me share my stories with you . . . and I hope they will change your mind.
When I was in high school, I had a habit of writing journals. I kept my journal book in my drawer secretly. One day my dad read it while I was not at home. Later, he said “I enjoyed you writing. If you can keep writing this way, you could be a writer. ”
“Me? To be a writer? I don’t think so.”
Several years later, I went to study in the US to pursue my master’s degree in communication studies. I remember the first course I took was Theater Appreciation. I thought it would be an easy and interesting one.
Boy, WAS I wrong! I was supposed to watch a movie of a different genre every 2 weeks and write a paper about it. Though my English was pretty good compared to other Chinese students, it was still a big challenge for me to understand all the details of a movie and write a critique paper.
One of the movies I watched was Deer Hunter which is about the Vietnam War. It is 3 hours long. I had to watch it 2-3 times just to have a clear understanding of the story.
When I was sitting in front of my desk to write about it, I felt like I was a Grade two student. I had to search hard in my memory to pick a seemingly right word from my limited English vocabulary. After more than 2 days struggle, I finally squeezed out a paper of 4-5 pages.
Honestly, I didn’t enjoy writing in English AT ALL. However, it is the requirement of this graduate program to write one paper after another, and finally the thesis. When I told my dad in China over the phone how frustrated and miserable I was, he always encouraged me. He liked to say “You can do as well as others, and you can do even better than others.”
“But dad, it is so hard!” I cried out loud. Whining is useless. I had to work extremely hard to get homework done.
My American friend gave me this picture to show her support
I survived the program and got my master’s degree in communication studies.
After I graduated, I didn’t need to write articles for many years.
In 2010, I started to blog on my website in English. My writing skills were rusty. I spent a full day to write a blog post of 700 words. I felt like I was running a 1000-meter race and my legs were so heavy that I could hardly move. Or I hadn’t talked to anyone for days, my mouth was dry and I didn’t know where to start.
But this time, I was determined. I was willing to do the hard work. I said to myself, “If it takes a native speaker an hour to write a 500-word blog post, I am willing to spend a day to write one.”
I believe practice makes perfect.
It has been 5 years since I first started blogging. During the past 5 years, I’ve written hundreds of articles including blog posts, emails marketing messages and eBooks.
I have people email me saying how they like my writing. Of course, the most exciting part is the profit generated from those email campaigns.
I know I can do it!
Am I perfect? Not at all, you may still spot a few mistakes here and there.
Would that discourage me? Noop . . . I know where I came from and I know I would be a writer some day if I keep practising.
Do you have dreams in your heart? Do you have things you are passionate about?
If you do, make a plan and take action. You can do it!
What if you have struggles and you are not perfect? Do it anyway. No one is perfect.
Be prepared to do the hard work.
In the online world, some so-called “gurus” like to boast how successful they are. It seems that making millions is like walking in the park.
The truth is that getting there is always like climbing a mountain.
But that’s OK . . . It is a lot of fun along the way.
If you pick a mountain you are passionate about, you can fulfill your dream and help a lot of people along the way too . . .
Stop dreaming, roll up your sleeves and do it. If I can do it, you can do it!
Imagine . . .when you look back 3 years or 5 years from today, you will be amazed how much you’ve achieved.
I hope my stories inspire you to do big things in your life.