“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.”
– Robert Hughes, art critic
I’m counting on this perspective from Robert Hughes. I counted on it when I delivered my manuscript to Random House/Crown. I counted on it when I forged a new deal with a fancy speaker’s agency. I counted on it when I flew into New York for a sold-out event, with expectations running higher-than-high.
I had a dream… that it was spring of 2012 and my book was fresh off the press. I’m sitting amongst boxes and boxes of printed books but no one is coming to pick them up. Next dream: I’m onstage, about to deliver a sermon on leading-edge innovation, and Donald Trump walks in and distracts everyone from what I’m saying. (Someone check his birth certificate!) Next dream: a box of matches that doesn’t light.
My friend and coach reminded me that there is a moment when the acrobat lets go of one trapeze and is completely suspended in mid-air before she catches the incoming rung.
You have to let go to get there.
You can be deeply certain, and slightly doubtful.
You can be scared, and really, really ready.
You can give it your all, and then give it over to God.
You can have everything to lose and everything to gain.
I’m banking on it.
Love your doubts. Stay awake.
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About Danielle LaPorte
Danielle LaPorte is the author of the book The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide for Creating Success on Your Own Terms (from Random House/Crown). An inspirational speaker, former think tank exec and business strategist, she is the creator of the online program The Spark Kit: A Digital Experience for Entrepreneurs and co-author of Your Big Beautiful Book Plan. Over a million visitors have gone for her straight-up advice on DanielleLaPorte.com, a site that has been deemed “the best place on-line for kick-ass spirituality.”