Monday, July 23, 2012

Keep your mountain in sight

“Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.” James Rogers

The above quote reminds me of Neil Gaiman's graduation speech at the University of Arts.

"Something that worked for me was imagining that where I wanted to be – an author, primarily of fiction, making good books, making good comics and supporting myself through my words – was a mountain. A distant mountain. My goal.
And I knew that as long as I kept walking towards the mountain I would be all right. And when I truly was not sure what to do, I could stop, and think about whether it was taking me towards or away from the mountain.
I said no to editorial jobs on magazines, proper jobs that would have paid proper money because I knew that, attractive though they were, for me they would have been walking away from the mountain. And if those job offers had come along earlier I might have taken them, because they still would have been closer to the mountain than I was at the time."

I love that analogy! Keep your mountain in sight and keep walking towards it. Don't let anything distract you off the path, even if you can't see that path from the valley, keep walking toward your goal. You. Will. Make. It.


J. A. Bennett said...

I think I need to be told this daily to survive :)

Julie Daines said...

Now I can't get the Sound of Music out of my head. "Climb every mountain..." Thanks.

Yamile said...

Neil Gaiman is an inspiration in every way. Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Great blog post! I wrote a post earlier this year about finding an agent. The song She'll Becoming Around The Mountain was my inpsiration.
I hope to get over my mountain soon.
I awarded you with a Sunshine Blog Award. Please visit my blog within the next few days to answer some questions that you can post on your blog.
Thanks, Maribeth

Taffy said...

Thanks for stopping by and the blog award, Maribeth!