by Debra Hewitt, author of Chasing Your Dream
There are always plenty of voices around us and in our heads telling us why we can't do things, how bad the odds are, what obstacles we'll face. . . . I want to be a different kind of voice--one that empowers and inspires.
Someone asked me a few weeks ago if I worried that people might read my book, quit their jobs to pursue their dreams, and then sue me when things don't work out. Of course, the answer is no, I don't worry about lawsuits since I'm not really offering financial or career advice. My questions guide people to find their own answers not adopt mine. But I do recognize the possibility that some readers might make reckless decisions. And I still don't think I needed to attach some kind of warning to the book: "Don't quit your day job!" That's partly because I know that making choices and learning from them is part of the human experience. There's absolutely no way to ensure that we or other people won't make any bad decisions. But there's more to my position than that.
The truth is I think most people need encouraging more than they need discouraging. There are always plenty of voices around us and in our heads telling us why we can't do things, how bad the odds are, what obstacles we'll face. The world is full of negativity. There is no shortage of people telling us not to try. I want to be a different kind of voice--one that empowers and inspires. It's not that I think everyone can make a living from their art or their childhood ambitions if they just go for them. But I think everyone should pursue what excites them. In some way, large or small. I think they will be better for it. And so will the world.