Over the past several months since publishing my first children’s book, I have had to ask others for help and support.
I’ve had to reach out and ask people to trust in me and my little book— and allow me to visit their elementary schools, libraries, bookstores, as well as other venues.
Not to mention I’ve annoyed friends and family with my constant posts on social media while asking them to share the news of my book.
Placing yourself on front street can be so scary. It’s much easier to hide behind the scenes, but I knew if I wanted to get my book in the hands of children I was going to have to work hard and get out there. Out of my comfort zone.
Sure, there have been some minor disappointments and rejections along the way. However, more than not, people have been EXTREMELY supportive of me; and given me (and my book) a chance.
To my delight and surprise, I have been shown so, so, so much kindness.
It truly amazes me.
Thanks to everyone who has shown me kindness and helped me to believe in myself.
I’m a firm believer that if you show someone an unexpected act of kindness it will pay off tenfold. I have certainly been the recipient of this as of late and feel it’s affects rubbing off on me. Not only from dearest friends and family, but also from complete strangers.
I love how the entrepreneurial world embraces one another. I’ve found myself being so affected by this empathy that when I meet new people whether here in my home state or across the country or world, I cheer for them and their pursuits toward their dreams. Because they are doing the same for me. And it feels good to my soul.
The world is the most connected it has ever been— thank you, Bill Gates. Through my interactions with other creatives and dreamers online, I am thrilled to connect with folks who hold a similar zest and zeal for chasing after dreams. And, it’s all the more sweeter when people— who do not even know you— can recognize the time, energy and struggle of your pursuits; and, applaud your efforts and encourage you.
How cool is that?
So, if you are out there thinking about your next steps in life, I want to cheer you on.
I want to encourage you.
You can do it!
I want to give you some good, sound advice:
Keep a level head.
Don’t worry about the “what if’s” and “”what nots.”
Just put one foot in front of the other and keep your eyes on the prize.
You don’t have to be the best. But you do have to at least try.
And if you fail, pick your ego up off the floor and try again.
Humility equals empowerment.
To know oneself and where you want to go in life is powerful.
Accept your faults. Strive to be a better person— be a loving, humble, kind, helpful person.
Be a determined and passionate human being.
You got this. I promise.
I am proud of you.
You ARE worthy.
Go for it!
Dream those big and little dreams. Put a plan into action.
The world is holding you up and cheering for your successes.
-Alison Paul Klakowicz, BA, MS
Author of Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck
Alison Paul Klakowicz is a North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.