I recently had one of those moments where you ruefully learn something. I had the following two consecutive tarot draws; I even tweeted my interpretations:
5 of Pentacles: Poverty, exclusion
Knave of Wands: creative, sentimental spirit
“Sometimes a physical boundary cannot be crossed by conventional means, but only through creativity or new ideas.”
8 of Pentacles: artisan, inspiration
4 of Pentacles: avarice, jealousy, slave to riches/habits
“Beware corruption of your work: your efforts are wasted if you lose sight of the goal in your heart/what is truly valuable.”
I’ve recently been working on being an author entrepreneur, and have been contemplating a couple different courses of action. Industry professionals espouse one course of action which seems counter-intuitive, and friends and fellow readers espouse another.
I’ve gone back and forth about what to do, waffling and unsure. After this last tarot draw I had a moment of clarity: My own interpretation was telling me that I needed to think differently, and not to lose sight of my true goals, yet I was tweeting that out as if I was some wise sage and not following that advice myself.
After that I felt as if the cards were telling me “No, I mean you, dummy!”
I opted to take a chance and pay for a course from an entrepreneur whose previous advice has been very good. I’m always wary of advice from these guys, because I know that for many of them I’m their customer, not fiction readers, but this guy is also a successful fiction author, plus he has a 30-day money-back guarantee on the course.
So far it’s been a lot of great information and step-by-step instructions, which I appreciate. I probably won’t ask for my money back for the course.
One thing I’ve heard is that “on the other side of fear lies treasure”. As long as physical peril isn’t involved, that makes a log of sense to me. The proper application of this maxim involves researching to make sure the numbers support whatever strategy you’re entertaining, but I can see that many people do not succeed because they are afraid of risk.
It was a big jump for me to start spending money on my business, but once I realized that I was already spending money on my cable bill, movies, and other recreation, it became a lot easier. I was so willing to spend hours and hours working on my business, but extremely averse to spending any money, which is silly, because the whole reason I have a job is so I can enjoy those extra hours of free time.
We can take managed risks and achieve great things, if we don’t let ourselves be paralyzed by fear.