In our last +1, we hung out with Mister Rogers and his barrelful of songs.
That story he shared about meeting a songwriter he admired reminds me of some similar wisdom Joseph Campbell once gave.
In The Power of Myth, he tells us: “When I taught in a boy’s prep school, I used to talk to the boys who were trying to make up their minds as to what their careers were going to be. A boy would come to me and ask, ‘Do you think I can do this? Do you think I can do that? Do you think I can be a writer?’ ‘Oh,’ I would say, ‘I don’t know. Can you endure ten years of disappointment with nobody responding to you, or are you thinking that you are going to write a best seller the first crack? If you have the guts to stay with the thing you really want, no matter what happens, well, go ahead.’”
That’s about it.
And that’s Today’s +1.
What is it that YOU want in your life right now?
It might be writing songs. Or writing novels.
Or reclaiming your health.
Or creating a business you’re proud of.
Or raising wonderful kids.
(Or all of the above.)
“Do you think I can do that?”
“Oh, I don’t know. Can you endure ten years of disappointment or do you think you need to make it on the first crack?”
“If you have the guts to stay with the thing(s) you really want, no matter what happens, then, well, go ahead!”
+1. +1. +1. for 10 years.
If we’re lucky…
+1. +1. +1. for another 10 years.