I recently saw a video of Will Ferrell giving a commencement speech to USC that really hit home. He was talking about how all of the things he did and tried until one finally hit, and then he was on his way to Saturday Night Live, living out his dream. He kept throwing darts at the dartboard, knowing one was going to hit. I love doing and I love creating. I have led countless adventures over my years on this planet that have led to all-nighters, weeks staring at a computer screen and months on the road. For every single one that couldn’t get off the ground or just flat out failed, I learned something. That something I took to the next idea, and to the next, and so on. My passion projects are what get me going, keep my mind sharp, and keep my soul happy and healthy.
The other side is how frustrating it can be when the idea doesn’t work. I look at my long list of failures or disappointments and it gets to me. However, sometimes, I look at it and think that I am so much closer to hitting that bullseye. So for the sake of my family and my mental health, I am going to keep creating and keep doing. The journey is amazing.
One of my favorites quotes resonates so perfectly here. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Michael Jordan
Keep doing. Keep creating. Keep learning.