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Everything you can imagine is real

One of my biggest accomplishments as a person is that I have stopped feeling sorry for myself. I have stopped waiting for things to happen. I am creating my own future, on my own terms. I understand that if I feel sad, my world becomes a sad world. Everything I imagine is real.

I love feedback. I have been trying hard to don’t take negative feedback as a personal failure. I have stopped being so concerned that everything I do should be perfect, and many times I want to fail, because failure is what makes me learn. If I didn’t fail, it would be so much harder to understand how to be successful.

When I write, I always think about a quote from Pablo Picasso. This quote is what makes writing and creating content so much more interesting.

picasso quote graphic

Everything you can imagine is real, and when I create, what I create becomes real to you.

That’s why I am writing a short novel about marketing, and that’s why I have been writing a Norwegian novel, and that’s why I have started a business.

I want you to be part of my world and see what I see.

30 responses to “Everything you can imagine is real”

  1. Magnus says:

    Tusen takk for store og lærerike ord! Passet bra for meg akkurat i dag. Har en tendens til å etterstrebe det perfekte og det er bra for bratte læringskurver men det er godt i det lange løp å lage sin egen fremtid og stole på sitt eget arbeid fremfor andres kommentarer. Godt også å kunne feile og lære av det. Ikke alle takler det. Ha en fortsatt flott dag i snøen 🙂

    Hilsen Magnus

    • Det tok meg lang tid å forstå det, og enda lengre tid å få det til. Men, alt blir så utrolig mye bedre i det man klarer det 🙂

      Ja, det snør her, og jeg som skal ut og jogge 🙂

  2. Ruth Zive says:

    I agree Jens – failure is simply another opportunity to learn. It’s a step on the road to success! I wrote a whole blog post about it (Commentluv won’t go that far back :-)). That said – you should still shoot for success. Keep your eye on the prize and don’t worry two much about the bumps along the way. You’ve got a great network of fans and supporters who will keep you on track (me included!). I need an update on your freelancing escapades!!!

    • It was hard to accept failure as being part of the process, and that’s probably one of the biggest challenges I have ever been facing, but once you realize it, it’s what makes business and life so much better. I always shoot for success, but I always look back and learn from my past experience, and when I hit a bump in the road, I always smile and learn from that as well 🙂

      Things are going great on my freelancing escapades. I have many new clients already, some for marketing strategies and some on search engine optimization. I have one client where I also do a lot of content marketing. I’m having an awesome time 🙂

  3. Bill Dorman says:

    Yes, that is the one thing you have control over; how you react to the world.

    Sounds like you have it going in the right direction sir.

    • Hey Bill,

      I’m definitively going in the right direction, at least that’s what it feels like. I am having so much fun right now, and I am learning a lot about business (and people) – I have to be a fast learning, because so much is happening right now 🙂

  4. Jack says:

    I want you to be part of my world and see what I see.

    Exactly. That sums up being a writer to me and for me.

    • That’s awesome, and the same for me 🙂

      I haven’t figured out the business part of writing just yet, but as long as I’m having fun writing, that’s what counts…

  5. Ashvini says:

    Best of luck Jens. We can make things happen if we take action. I believe you are doing things right 🙂

  6. Paul Jackson says:

    Hi Jens,

    I do agree ’bout that quote and its such an inspiring quote to live by. In fact, if you don’t have any failure as a person, you are incomplete. You’ll make things become harder ‘coz you don’t have any failures to correct and learned by because through failures we can challenge ourselves to whatever consequences we had and handle it better to be the best person we can be. Failures make us to perfection!

  7. Adrienne says:

    Hey Jens,

    Something my mentor always says to me is “what people think of me is none of my business”. When you let that bother you just like the content you write or the business you are creating, it will hold you back from being who you were meant to be and take your business to the level it’s suppose to go.

    If everyone agreed with everything we did or said this world would be kind of boring don’t you think? I mean it’s good to have different opinions on things so I for one welcome that.

    I use to get upset in the beginning when someone said something harsh to me or about me but we can’t please everyone so just stay true to yourself, continue in the direction you are headed and all with work itself out nicely. That I do believe 100%.

    Here is to your ongoing success Jens. Now, enjoy your week.


    • Hi Adrienne,

      Wow, that’s powerful words from your mentor. I have learned that too, the hard way… well, I guess I just had to grow as a person (and become older) to understand what was important in business and life, and that I needed to make my own decisions and keep hustling and doing what I feel is right.

      Thanks a lot for your awesome comment. I hope you’re having a wonderful day.

  8. Jeevanjacobjohn says:

    I love the enthusiasm in that quote, Jens 🙂

    But, I don’t completely agree with it (we can’t of course make everything possible, can we? Can we jump to the moon? Time travel? It might be possible but we are still unsure). But, I like the quote because it increases our motivation and self esteem (it also helps us to keep a positive outlook of things).

    Thanks for sharing the quote, Jens!

    I am glad that you are getting a lot of things done! Hope you have good success with all your ventures/projects.

    • That’s not exactly how I use the quote. To me, it’s like if I imagine (and see something happening) I can also feel that it’s happening and make others see it too. I don’t have to actual jump the moon, but as long as I describe that I did, and people feel like I did it, that’s good enough. That’s the power of storytelling 🙂

      But that’s the beauty of art (and quotes), we see it differently and we use it how we see it 🙂

  9. Born27 says:

    And that’s what we call, INITIATIVE. You don’t wait for it, instead, you grab the chance to have it. Very inspiring. I salute you for that.

  10. Raj says:

    Hi Jens,

    I take this opportunity to wish you all the best in all the three endeavors undertaken by you. Everything we imagine can become real if we are ready to put in the required efforts for the same. I am sure you will 🙂

  11. So true Jens!

    I think there is really no need for us to feel sorry for ourselves, nor really fear people or what they would say or feel. I think each one of us has some capabilty or ability and are sent here with some purpose, which we need to understand and learn.

    We have to live our own lives by setting goals and competing with our own-selves. We really cannot compete with others as then we do get negative about things, but yes, learn from them or take our own failures as stepping stones to success.

    Getting negatvie feedbacks was something I wasn’t comfortable with earlier, though I hardly ever got any except for 1-2. But then I started undersatnding those feedbacks from the commenters view point and now know that its their way of looking at things and not mine. I have approved those few comments on my blog and replied to them in a evry dignified way. I feel each one has the right of freedom to express what they feel, and even if its a negatvie comment- we ought to take it in a positive way and perhaphs learn something from it. 🙂

    Failure IS indeed what teaches us the maximum, or making mistakes as you mentioned. And its all in our mind how we take those failure as, whether in a negative or positive way – isn’t it?

    That quote does say a great deal, thanks so much for sharing it. 🙂

  12. Hi Harleena,

    I don’t use quotes nearly enough. There is so much wisdom in very few words.

    I love to learn, and that’s what failure has become to me, a way to learn from experience. But I never actually use the word failure anymore. It’s just small bumps in the road, and as long as I feel that I’m heading in the right direction, it doesn’t matter… because I have all the time in the world to get where I am going 🙂

  13. Ray says:

    Hi Jens,

    Your words are very inspiring and true, the first time I experienced a great failure in my life, i thought everything is lost, that I cannot get back upon my own feet, but to make the long story short, yes i stood, even with the trials and hardships, and then i realized, i can utilize and learn from my failures to use them unto my own advantage, “everything happens for a reason”.

  14. Nicholle Olores says:

    Hi Jens, you are a true person. You actually admit the things when everyone couldn’t admit for. Every imagination can be real if you make it possible. Though we experience lots of failures in life but still we stand to the things we want to achieve.

  15. Carol says:

    It is in failure that we realize how lucky we are to experience such a downfall. It is from being through this hard times that we can properly assess and weigh things and understand what we are doing and where we are heading.

    It is always refreshing to read you article Jens and for that I commend you. More Power!!!

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