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The Hockey Side of Writing

Recently, I had a conversation with my husband that made me reconsider my general attitude towards personal goals and long term plans (no matter what these are).

You see, I am the type of person that believes life is not a sprint, but a marathon. Goals, plans, or dreams aren’t achieved because of how fast and hard we go after them, but because of how consistently we stay our course.

He mentioned a quote by hockey player Wayne Gretzky, when he said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” I realized at that moment that risk was an important part, if not a crucial part, of the goals and plans we make as writers.

Without the risk of failure we have no chance at success. Success can only be achieved because we dare to take the shots, and failure is simply part of the process.

We cannot have one without the other.

It was a comforting and liberating thought. Failures are good…because they inevitably lead to success.

What would you do, dream, or dare to achieve if failure wasn’t an option? Now, would you quit or refuse to take the shots to get there simply because you may find bumps along the way?

This is a great question to consider. Don’t you think?

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