You’re not the only one. I have a poster on my wall that I want to share with you all. It helps me remember that when my first efforts fall short, I don’t give up. It gives examples of influential men who started out as less than influential! I have always been someone who pushes through to the end and strives to accomplish what I believe is possible, no matter how hard it seems in the moment. Building a straw bale house in an area where no bale homes exist can be an uphill battle. Building inspectors, plan checkers, permitting departments, insurance companies, and more can stand in the way of your dream; but only if you let them.
Abraham Lincoln started a business early in his career in which he was the owner of a dry goods store. That business turned out to be a flop. Later in his life, he was appointed to the position of postmaster in his township. His post office had the worst efficiency rating in the entire county! As you all know, he eventually turned things around for himself.
Here’s another face you may recognize as a great and influential figure in American history. Harry Truman opened a shirt store at the age of 35. It took only two years for that store to go bankrupt. He then spent the next 15 years of his life working to pay off the debt that his venture had accumulated. Again, he eventually turned things around because he never gave up on himself.
Believe in yourself and nothing can stop you. It doesn’t matter how many obstacles are in your way. If you believe you can do it, you can. Things may not end up looking like you thought they would (life has a way of changing the details of our plans along the way), but you can succeed with your dream. You may have to make some changes to your plans to accommodate impacts as you go, but don’t ever give up on your dream. One way or another, it will come to fruition if you stay with it. I believe this is true for building a bale house and every other aspect of your life where challenge seems to be the norm.
Finally, here is a quote I have had on my office wall for more years than I can remember. In fact, I think I have had it since I was about 16 years old. I will leave you with this and hope that it offers you the inspiration it has me.
“Change is Inevitable. Growth is Optional.”