|Mo Willems speaking at the 2013 NY SCBWI Conference|
"I've dreamed that everything I write will change the world for the better." Willems said.
Now that is one damn bold statement. I would say that is about as bold as you can get. His dream wasn't to just be published, or to be famous, or to make x amount of dollars per year. But to CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER.
So naturally, the first question I ask myself is - "Are MY dreams that big?". And this is how I answered that question:
* If I was published and no one read my books - would I be satisfied?
* If I was published and every single one of my books were read, but it didn't affect anyone - would I be satisfied?
* If I was published, my books were read AND they created a positive change in the readers - would I then be satisfied?
So the second question I ask myself is - "Am I worthy of such a dream? To change the world for the better?"
I think I have been telling myself "NO" for a long time. But what good is that going to do for me or anyone else? So my answer has to be "YES".
And now I ask YOU the same question..."What are you dreaming?" And do you feel you are worthy of those dreams?"