When to Jump Off the Bridge

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There comes a time in life where everyone needs to jump off a bridge. My mother used to say, “If everyone else jumped off the bridge would you do it to?” My answer to that used to be “No.” But through my experineces in life my answer now is a resounding “YES!” I would not only jump off the bridge I would take a running leap and dive. Let me relieve you, I have not lost my mind. Let me explain what the bridge is. The bridge is the intersection in life between fear and doing something that you always wanted to do. Many people have dreams that die because they won’t take a risk. They won’t jump off the bridge of fear. There is much safety in the known areas of life, in the confort zones, in the predictable pay checks, and the entire mundane process of living. But visionaries and creatives (which all career authors are) cannot possibly be satisfied by the common. They are the risk takers. They jump off bridges.

I have jumped off several bridges in my lifetime and can honestly every risk that I have taken has turned out extremely well. The very things that I felt afraid to do, once I faced them it was like boxing with a shadow. Meaning that there was nothing to be afraid of at all. But you won’t know that unless you take a dive. When you dive you will quickly learn that God can fly faster than you can fall. That means that whenever you take that risk, he is right there with you. He is not going to let you crash. He is going to reward the faith that it took to jump off the bridge.

This is my message to authors. Never give up. Keep taking risks. If the first book doesn’t sell learn from the experience and write another. If it looks like things are not working out the way you planned it to, keep trying anyway. The law of averages is on your side. You will succeed if you don’t quit.


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