Words to Remember: Kevin Smith on Taking Risks

The first in a series of posts highlighting meaningful advice from people I respect.

In the face of such hopelessness as our eventual, unavoidable death, there is little sense in not at least trying to accomplish all of your wildest dreams in life.

Kevin Smith takes risks. To make his first film Clerks, sold a large portion of his extensive comic book collection, maxed out eight to ten credit cards with $2,000 limits, dipped into a portion of funds set aside for his college education and spent insurance money awarded for a car he and a friend lost in a flood. (source: Wikipedia)

There was absolutely no guarantee that the movie would do well enough to cover the bet he made, but he took a shot at what he wanted to do.

The quote above is a simple, yet powerful one. Knowing that the clock is ticking, why not spend the time we have trying to reach our craziest of goals? In many cases I think it’s because we are afraid to fail – and we’re afraid what others will think of us if we do fail.

But I like Smith’s conclusion that there’s no excuse:

If you’re not working on what you love and trying to accomplish your dreams, there’s no one else to blame.

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