You Might As Well Take a Chance

Joy of the Day 5/365:

Jim Carrey isn't my favorite actor, although Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was pretty cool. But this quote from a speech he gave at Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa, is surprisingly helpful. I remember watching it the day I made the scary choice to leave a job that I knew was not the right place for me to be. I still watch it sometimes, especially when I feel as though I am failing in the profession I chose, which is writing.

A three-minute clip is below, but here's the best part:

"My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn't believe that that was possible for him. And so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant. And when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job, and my family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you could fail at doing what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love."