The Way I See It #204
Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure. Never forget your Personal Legend. Never forget your dreams. Your silent heart will guide you. Be silent now. It is the possibility of a dream that makes life interesting. You can choose between being a victim of destiny or an adventurer who is fighting for something important.
Novelist. His works include The Alchemist, The Zahir and The Devil and Miss Prym.
I really believe in the notion of identifying your dreams and working your butt off to achieve them, practicality be damned. My wife and my sister-in-law both use me as an example of how you can get a job doing what you love if you're willing to work hard enough for it.
Interestingly, the last sentence of that quotation is also a reasonable summary of the theme of Storm Dragon. Which is finished (as far as I'm concerned), by the way. In the editor's careful and loving hands.
So I'm in Starbucks with my profound coffee cup, grateful that the guy behind the counter didn't hear me say "for-here," and working on the outline for Book 2 of The Draconic Prophecies.
It's a great life. Despite these 12-1/2 hour work days.