Do what others say you cannot do

My dad’s birthday is coming up. So today I sent him a package with a giant wrought iron spider, a hand-made card, and a fortune that read: There is great pleasure in doing what others say you cannot do.

A long time ago, my dad was working on the interior our sailboat, Gaucho. Some people came along the dock and started talking, not realizing he could overhear them.  One said, “That boat will never sail again.”

Which made my dad see red. And become more determined than ever. He went on the restore the Gaucho.  And sail the world in it with his two daughters for five years.

I share this story for one simple reason. If you have a dream, any dream, but you don’t dare pursue it because someone tells you it’s impossible … don’t listen! Go for it. Prove that person wrong, instead.

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