“If you’re going to try, go all the way.
Otherwise, don’t even start.
This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days.
It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation.
Isolation is the gift.
All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds.
And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.
If you’re going to try, go all the way.
There is no other feeling like that.
You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.
You will ride life straight to perfect laughter.
It’s the only good fight there is.”
— Charles Bukowski
You know that one guy who wouldn’t write his first blog post because he’s waiting for that perfect topic that’s going to make him famous?
Or that guy who never shows you his amazing movie scripts because they’re not ready yet?
Or that one girl who won’t stop complaining to you about how un-perfect she looks?
Or that girl who wouldn’t go up to make her pitch because it’s not the right time yet?
Or that one guy who wouldn’t take a damn risk because the conditions are not right?
Or the market isn’t ready?
Or he’s waiting for a better opportunity?
Or he’s just unlucky?
Or bad things always happen to him?
Or he can’t take another rejection?
Yes. Don’t be those people.
Because there’s never any perfect, ready, right time, right conditions, right market, better opportunity, luck, or anything like that.
Rejection is not failure.
Failure is not trying.
Fear and Laziness.
These are the two things that hold me back.
These are the two things that hold you back.
These are the two things that hold EVERYBODY back.
From anything that you want to do.
That you want to be.
Fear of rejection or laziness of execution is stopping you from winning.
Its either both or one of these things for sure.