The Courage to Begin

Toddlers wobble, children draw stick figures, young writers begin by learning the alphabet, and aspiring chefs start by learning how to make toast. Every expert had to start somewhere. Every pro was once an amateur. It’s not what we’re born with that counts. It’s what we do with our time and talent that matters. So why is comparison so common in creative circles? My writing doesn’t compare to Stephen King’s, so why bother? My painting could never top Van Gogh’s, so what’s the point? We accept


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