You Can Do More Than You Think You Can

Clouds Jump Rainbow
© Horia Varlan, Flickr Creative Commons

Since I’ve traveled with kids a decent amount, people often ask me for tips.

My most frequent advice is:

You can do more than you think you can.

The same holds true with many things in life actually.

The most successful entrepreneurs and CEOs simply believe in themselves beyond the bounds of practical expectations.

The most successful freelancers take the leap and hope. You’ve got to be comfortable knowing your parachute will eventually open after a little free fall. Because there will be a free-fall period (and often more than one).

Many parents are uncomfortable in the free-fall zone. Let’s face it. Kids are wild cards. Thus parents limit where their family goes, what food they put on the table, conversations they have, and more all because they believe in themselves (and maybe their kids) a little less than they should.

You know who else is uncomfortable in the free-fall zone? Creative types. Sure, there are plenty who put themselves out there every day, but imagine what the world would be like if every amazing hidden artist, writer, and performer stopped letting their fears limit themselves. Oh, the possibilities…

Skateboard Skate Moms Ladies
This is me and some mom friends skateboarding for the first time, just last year. We didn’t know we could do that. And guess what? We rocked it.

So I’m here today to tell you:

You can do more than you think you can.

Start that venture. Take that trip. Write that book. Take the leap.

You’re not really parachuting. It’s not life or death. It’s the difference between “I could’ve” and “I tried.”

I’d place my bet on trying every day of the week. I’d place my bet on us.

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