Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.

Dale Carnegie

Successful people know a thing or two about starting over, and doing it again and again. The ability to recognize that it’s time for a change is a hallmark of a successful person.

I’ll be the first to admit that changes are difficult and starting over is often overwhelming, but it is sometimes also necessary. The changes which require us to begin again are painful and confusing, like the move from childhood to adolescence, but they are also necessary.

The worst aspect of starting over is the lack of familiarity with the new event, the very thing that makes it difficult and frightening. But then again, like most of life this is a matter of perspective.  Treated like an adventure which is chosen rather than a change forced upon us is a much better start.

Because fear of failure holds so many of us captive for a large portion of our lives, through simply daily insecurities, we often fail to realize our full potential. Dreams we are quick to nurture in childhood become the regrets adulthood. Most often the creative ability often celebrated and encouraged falls victim to our brand of self-sabotage with lip service paid to mundane excuses such as “the just isn’t time for that”, or “I wanted that when I was young” no longer apply.

We must learn to celebrate our creativity at any age, without fear or restriction as we did during childhood.

The truth of the matter is that we are not too old, or to inept to share and celebrate the creativity which is ever-present in our souls. If you had a dream which fell by the wayside in your youth, it is not likely the dream is dead forever. If that dream was telling your story, or storytelling in general grab a pen and write it down.

Success will take you many places, but happiness will keep you grounded.