Tod Geisel woke up one day, frustrated with the challenges that kids had in reading as well as their inherent lack of desire to read. He decided that it was time that he made a difference. It wasn't time for someone else to do something that helped someone. It was time for him, Tod, to do his part. He approached his boss about the dilemma and indicated what he, an illustrator not a writer, wanted to do.
His boss looked at him and through a bit of conversation indicated that he needed to write something in such a way that any 6-year old could understand it. He provided him with a paltry 225 words, most of which were two syllables and few of which were verbs. Some of us would have looked at the limitation and said, "I can't do it! There aren't enough words." That isn't what Geisel did though. Instead, he looked at the narrow list and embraced the challenge. He found two words that rhymed and that sounded fun to say together. He then began writing a story with a rhyme that would forever change the way that kids learned to fall in love with reading. Tod Geisel, whom we know as Dr. Seuss, first penned The Cat In The Hat, and published it in 1957.
His ability to engage young readers and create fond memories of reading for older readers changed learning by connecting it to fun. Being inspired means asking a better question. We have to ask ourselves what we can do NOW with what we have NOW. Instead of trying to figure out what we need to have in order to get started, we need to realize that our job is simply to reveal the story in the limited list of words. the cat was always in the hat, but Geisel had to put the words in the right combination with the right rhyme in order for the rest of the world to see it.
What is the story that is inside of you? Are you looking at your limitations to come up with why it won't work, or are you looking at the narrow scope that makes it easier to reveal the story that has always been there? It is your focus, not the limitation, that determines what happens next. Focus on what you can do to move things forward instead of what is in your way that might be tough to overcome. As I was walking last night, the thought hit me that there really are no limitations to the person who is unafraid.
Geisel, Dr. Seuss, was unafraid to accept the challenge and move forward. Are you unafraid? Will you face whatever fear stands in front of you to reach the story of who you could be on the other side? Go write a great story today!
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