Sunday, 26 February 2012

On Starting

As Mark Twain once said, 'Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.”

Nope, that isn’t what I was looking for. Let’s try Pablo Picasso’s version, “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”

Ok, that’s a tad morbid, but it’s more the sentiment I was after.

You see, I have some good people in my life who are out in the world following their dreams. They are my inspiration to try and follow mine.

One friend gave up his well paid, well respected job as an accountant to train as a pilot. Now he’s up there flying his Boeings.

Another friend quit her job in London to travel America and write her book. She’s soon to be a published author.

So you see. Dreams do come true.

But the thing was, they didn’t sit around waiting for lady luck to knock on their door. They started. They shifted from the static to the active. They knew that the only way things would happen was if they initiated them.

So what’s your dream? And more importantly, what on earth are you doing to make it happen?

If your dream is big, then teachers, career advisers and assorted know-it-alls will try to put you off. Do not to listen to them. Follow it. Be ready for the many setbacks and keep the faith.

I dream of being a writer. So I’m writing. I don’t know where this path will lead, but I have started.

I’m pretty confident that it’s impossible to overstate the importance of starting.

You should start too. Whatever it is you want to do, start it. Stop putting it off, and start in some small way.


And leave the ironing. I’m sure Picasso would agree that you can die with that left undone.


  1. Wise wise words - a journey of a thousand miles doesn't get any shorter if you sit on your arse stressing about how long it is. I wanna be a writer too! Nearly finished 2nd book....

  2. What a legend. I want to be Caitlin Moran. Step one: come from wolverhampton. CHECK.

  3. This hit home for me completely. Only just got the ball rolling with my writing even though it's been at the back of my head for the past 500 years. Very inspirational and motivating post. Have tweeted :)

  4. hey Virginiapessanha! Thanks for the comment and glad you enjoyed it. Making a start makes such a difference, and wonderful things seem to start to happen!