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I think everyone should always be working on some sort of project. Big or small, at work or at home, alone or with a team, a job or a hobby. Maybe it’s a full-time project. More than likely it’s a side project. We need projects that are creative, collaborate, inquisitive, and artistic. Most of all we need projects that are risky. Risky because they may fail, risky because they force us to interact with the world a little differently. Risky because they require vulnerability. Risky because we initiate and lead them and are therefore responsible for what becomes of them.

And when this happens, when you take on or create a project that is risky, you will encounter times of feeling discouraged, overwhelmed, or afraid. And when those times come, you need people in your life that will remind you of who you are and why your project (no matter its size or its scope) matters.

I’m currently working on a project that feels very risky. And today I felt overwhelmed by the possibility of what it could become, and how epically I could mess it up.

I’m thankful for my friend Jon who reminded me of these four things today:

  1. You have a worthwhile cause/mission.
  2. You are extremely competent.
  3. You are humble and authentic.
  4. People and opportunities will continue to come your way.

I printed this list and taped it to my desk. Thanks, Jon.


About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.


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