I hesitate to title this blog entry "mistakes" because I am a person who does not believe that such a thing exists. Unless someone dies or is irreparably harmed, then the situation can be changed and corrected. Life is about learning and as one of my favorite quotes says "Get busy living or get busy dying" (from Shawshank Redemption). While I do believe in making the most informed decisions possible, that is all they are--decisions. We can change them. We can (and should) learn from them. We can be bigger, better, and stronger with each new one that we make.
Recently several people who are interested in making movies have approached me regarding their own hopes and dreams, but noted that they had been paralyzed by their fear of making mistakes. If you find yourself paralyzed by fear, in any situation, my advice is always the same--find out what you don't know, get guidance from those who do know, and then precede one step at a time. I believe that fear is like a warning light. It shouldn't be ignored. Maybe you need more information. Maybe you need help. Maybe your mind just isn't ready yet for the venture you wish to embark upon. Take a moment. Breath. Learn. Get help. Then keep moving!
Our pathways in life should be exciting and exhilarating. Don't hesitate to get busy living...mistakes are just a part of the game.
Lynne M. Smelser is an executive producer and scriptwriter. For more than 20 years she has been an active writer who has won many national awards. She also holds a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University.