Building our Dreams

We never know if we’re going to fall flat or sit up tall. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may be just the beginning of a great adventure ~ Pema Chödrön

I heard someone say recently that we are either a dreamer or being dreamed. This is Toltec or Inca wisdom I believe. But it’s also found its way into entrepreneur talk. 011514_1418_BuildyourDr1

I totally believe that we are here on this plane to experience to the world through our senses, to love and be loved. If we have dreams, things we want to do with this life we’ve been given, then we also have the wherewithal to make those dreams a reality.

People often tell me that they would love to paint, but they can’t even ‘draw a stick figure’. Now, I’m going to dispute that, because most people can draw a line and a circle, with a couple more lines for arms and legs. But seriously, if you have the desire to paint, go and take some lessons, even if it’s just on youtube. I’ve banged on about this before. No one sits in front of the piano and expects to play like Mozart, or at all for that matter. No, we take lessons!

I think the real reason people don’t paint, draw, write, dance, whatever, is fear. Fear of getting it wrong. Where did that fear come from? From parents and teachers, older siblings, other kids.

Well, guess what? They were wrong! You can sing! You can and should dance! You can grab some watercolours and make some pretty coloured blobs!

Fear of failure!? The only failure in creativity is in NOT doing it! Everyone has something they are passionate about, or simply curious about. Just make it, then burn it if you have to! No one needs to see what you’re making, you just need to make it!

Speaking of dreams…

I was stunned to hear that Collective Hub magazine is ceasing its print format due to an inability to attract investors. This blew my mind. Lisa Messenger has long been a beacon for me and many women here in Australia and around the world. The mag is full of uplifting and intelligent stories, inspiring tales of startups, and features on artists and to think that Take 5 is still on supermarket shelves, but Collective Hub is not, well that just makes me sad.

I look forward to seeing what lies ahead for Lisa and her incredible team. I just know that they will continue to shake things up and reading her take on what happened, I have no doubt she will do it even better than last time!

I love that she had a vision for her magazine and refused to curtail that to fit with the marketing models of others who would have changed what Collective Hub meant to its readers.

Onward and Upward!

Every challenge is a chance to practice resilience. Be grateful ~ Lisa Messenger