Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Working to achieve your dream

Guest Post by Marie Landry

Having the world's best idea will do you no good unless you act on it. People who want milk shouldn't sit on a stool in the middle of a field in hopes that a cow will back up to them.” - Curtis Grant

I know several people who have been saying for years that they want to do certain things—get their dream job, make more money, buy a house, get a diploma/certificate/degree, etc—but those things take a lot of hard work that some people aren’t willing to put in.

Dreams don’t come cheap; you have to work for them. I get so frustrated when I hear people say they want something that could be attained with a little hard work, but it’s like they expect things to fall out of the sky and into their laps. That rarely happens, and even if it did, wouldn’t it feel better to haveworked for something? The sense of accomplishment is so rewarding when you know you’ve done something big. With hard work—and sometimes great risk—comes great rewards.

Think of the people you admire and respect the most. In the majority of cases, it’s probably someone who is successful and who has gone after their dreams. It’s not always easy, and there are usually setbacks along the way, but if you decide what you want to do in life, set goals, and work to achieve them, anything is possible.

Don’t let fear hold you back—fear of the unknown, fear of failure, or fear of hard work. The fear can be paralyzing, and can prevent you from going after your dreams, but you have to believe in yourself and trust that your hard work will pay off. If I didn’t believe that, I’d be in a corner somewhere letting life pass me by. Writing a book took a huge amount of work, and deciding to publish it took a lot of courage. It’s a very competitive market out there, and authors have to develop a thick skin. I’ve always been a very sensitive person, but I didn’t let that stop me, because being an author has always been my dream.

I’m living my dream—how many people can truly say that? Are you one of them? Or will you be one of them? What are your dreams?

Thanks Marie for stopping by my blog on her Blue Sky Days tour. Her debut novel, Blue Sky Days, is available on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble. You can follow Marie's blog or find her on twitter.

Marie would like to thank the people who have supported her by showing her appreciation in some small way. So, for every person who buys a copy of Blue Sky Days during the tour and sends Marie proof of purchase via email to irishstar_83{at}hotmail{dot}com she will enter you into a giveaway to win a book of your choice up to $12 CAN from The Book Depository.


  1. Good guest post. And so true, you have to work for things. And man, writing is hard.

    1. OMG Gwen, writing can be such a pain sometimes, but soooooo much fun too.

  2. Thank you so much for being part of the tour, Patty!

    Thank you Gwen. :-) Writing IS hard, I don't think most people realize just how hard. "I'm going to write a book" sounds like a good idea in theory, but I bet probably half the people who set out to do it never end up finishing once they realize the work and dedication it takes.

  3. Nice post :) My fear is of NOT trying something. Certain events in life I'll never forget because I didn't try to do something about them...
    Once upon a time I was scared to start writing because I didn't know where to stop *grin* And I can kinda of see my point now as I don't think I'll ever stop! ;p

    1. LOL! I fear I may never stop either, but it's a good fear. ;)

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