Don’t Let the Start, Stop You!

A Teen Leadership and Mentoring Blog


Dan Blanchard award-winning author, speaker and educator

Nike says, “Just do it!” And I must admit there has been many times that I have followed that advice and have “just done it.” Now I’m going to honest with you here. I didn’t always know what I was doing!

As a matter of fact, many times I didn’t know what I was doing, but I somehow had this blind faith that somehow, someway, things would find a way to work themselves out…

And you know what? They usually have found a way to work themselves out.

Now don’t get me wrong here. This hasn’t always been painless. I have made many mistakes and have often taken the long way home, but some how I’ve always made it home, if you know what I mean…

This reminds me of a new friend I made the other day who asked if I had any advice for an aspiring writer. My advice was to give yourself permission to write a bad first draft. If you can give yourself permission to write poorly at first, eventually you will surprise yourself with your ability.

In other words, “Don’t Let the Start, Stop You!”

How about you? Have you taken any chances lately? Have you given yourself permission to do something new poorly at first? If so, then I think you’re on the right road, and this road may even delightfully surprise you.

If this road leads you to victory, then it will be your turn to teach others the concept of, “Don’t Let the Start, Stop You!” Enjoy.

Now, please share how you plan to use the success secret of Don’t Let the Start, Stop You.


Thanks for your time,


Daniel Blanchard


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