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Dare to Dream

Not too long ago I was spending yet another long night, staying up until 4 in the morning working on my portfolio. Long story short, things weren't working out. I wasn't in the zone. I was getting really burnt out and didn't know how much longer I could do this. And, as usual, it started spreading self doubt and causing me to feel utterly defeated.

I tried my best to keep powering through it and continue working.Then Maya crashed for the 8th time, that's when I finally decided to call it a night. I don't like going to bed without accomplishing what I set out to do for the day. But I cut my losses and tried to sleep it off.

I woke up several hours later and dreaded going back to my computer. I was looking for any distraction to delay things a little bit longer. So I pulled out my phone and started browsing Facebook. I swiped through my newsfeed to take my mind off things and see what my friends were up to. That's when I came across the video you see above. Dan LuVisi, who is my creative idol, shared it on Facebook hoping it would inspire other artists like it did him. I watched the video and man did it hit close to home. That final statement Jim makes summed it up perfectly.

"You can fail at what you don't want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love."

I can't tell you how much it meant to hear something like that. To stumble across something I genuinely needed to help me reignite the fire. I could spend countless hours worrying about how my work will look, if it'll be good enough or if it'll fail. But as Jim mentions, all that will ever be is the decision we make now. That's when I stood up, shook off the self doubt, and got back to work.

It's so easy to feel defeated or overwhelmed by what you want in life. The key is to stay strong (or in my case stubborn) and find a way to continuously push through it. Once you're able to harness that, the sky is the limit.

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