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“Vision is not enough – it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.”
– Vaclav Havel
How many times have you found yourself staring up those steps? I consider myself most fortunate when I find myself in that position.
It is not easy to have vision, to know where you are trying to go with your work. More often it feels a bit like I’m trying this, then trying that. Sort of a random gathering of images. I feel more like a collector than a creator. I have to remind myself to focus on developing a vision from which the images flow. Hard sledding, for sure.
But sometimes we find ourselves at the bottom of the steps. It can be exciting but also daunting. We know that by taking the first step we are committing to either successfully realizing our vision, validating it to the world, or to failing to make it manifest or perhaps realizing the vision is flawed. But until we step up those stairs, we will never know. Our vision will remain embryonic, undeveloped. Adding venture to vision creates reality from potential.
So should you find yourself fortunate enough to be confronted by that stairwell, by all means do not squander the opportunity. Step up those stairs!