That’s a big BUT

I have missed out on a few opportunities in my life because of my BUT.  (That’s “BUT” with one “T”, not two.)  Maybe your BUT has gotten in the way of your success as well:

  • I want to try something new
    BUT I’m not sure I can do it.
  • I want to change careers
    BUT I’m not sure I’m qualified.
  • I want to follow my dream
    BUT I don’t have the time to work on it.

Some of the greatest opportunities in my life have arisen when I put myself out there as a target for failure – changing jobs, changing industries, entering a speech contest.  Each required a few steps forward in faith and I was rewarded for taking the risk.

I have also hidden behind a “BUT” plenty of times, and surely missed opportunities that were meant for me. Maybe you’ve done the same?  It’s safer on your self-esteem if you give in to fear and don’t even try.  Nothing ventured, nothing lost.

We were talking about what people fear the most at a recent Toastmasters meeting, and a very wise man named Fred Hensel said, “Sometimes people fear the most… what they want the most.  Because they might not get it.” 

Are you hiding safely behind a “BUT”?  What risk can you take to make yourself a moving target for opportunity? Sometimes you just have to make a move… to move forward.

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6 Comments on “That’s a big BUT”

  1. Mary Kennedy-Bracken Says:

    True point, however it will be a lot better to see you deliver it.

    Go for it….

  2. Victor Says:

    Great thoughts, David. In honor of this, I am asking you to visit, click on the past shows link and watch. Then take a deep breath and calm yourself down. Cause you will need to. How appropriate for you to write this story at this time.

    • davidgoad Says:

      Which show are you referring to? I’m looking forward to calming down 🙂

  3. Joe Franklin Says:

    David, are you saying I have a big BUTT?!!

  4. Dave Says:


    Excellent short short story. Perhaps you know of Marianne Williamson’s book, “Return to Love.”. Here she expresses it’s not the darkness that we’re afraid of it’s the light. If we say BUT and don’t make an effort to move forward, we lose anyway. Be careful what you ask for you just may get it. Another good saying. Blessings, Dave

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