The Next 200ft: Rocket or Dud?


Life can be pretty darn scary when you are in the fog. But the most important thing about piloting your life when you’re in the fog is in fact admitting that you are flying in fog. If you don’t, things can get dangerous.

Life is a series of going the next 200ft. Most of the time you have absolutely no clue what is going to happen after the 200ft in front of you. But that’s where faith comes in. That’s where belief comes in. Without that, you reluctantly travel into the current landscape you can actually see because you are afraid of not knowing what the future brings. God have I been there. I’ve been there so many times. Not trying as hard as you can now because you are unsure of where it is going to take you. Marianne Williamson said, and I’m paraphrasing here, it is our light not our darkness that most frightens us (maybe that was word for word). And it’s true. At the end of the day, what we can do scares us to death. We already are so familiar with what we can’t do – our mind shovels that junk into our head every single day. But what we can do…what we are capable of…what our potential is…now that is some heavy stuff.


So what can you do? Believe. You have to believe that whatever you are doing is the right thing for you and you just have to go for it. Put those rockets under your butt and push the ignition button. I would 10 times out of 10 rather be a rocket than a dud. You can course correct along the way if you feel like you are a bit off. But the cool thing about being a rocket is that you have to only make the smallest of course corrections in order to make the biggest of differences. That’s what traveling at high speeds does for you. Little tweaks here and there and you arrive at where you would like.

Put in the effort. There is no substitution for effort. But you better love what  you are doing or else you are going to put a whole lot of effort into something that is going to break you down. As a young man who is starting his own business, I know how hard it can be to bet on yourself. But the lessons you learn in the end are invaluable. You learn to trust your gut and really get after it. Because if you don’t put in the effort, nothing will ever happen. It all rides on your shoulders.

Will you be a rocket or a dud?

– Evan Sanders

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  • M. R.
    December 9, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I feel I was a dud for most of my life; but at least I seem to have become a *very* small rocket now. 70? – never too late.

  • hopeforheather
    December 9, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Outstanding post. Thank you.

  • The Brighter Side of 40
    December 9, 2013 at 11:01 am

    The only time it is too late is when you are dead. Great post.

  • klove
    December 9, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I always feel like you are writing to me!
    I so needed this today!
    Been spending some time in the dark place!

    Thank you for reminding me that my time there is up!

    Big Love

  • exhilaratedliving
    December 9, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Beautifully said 🙂

  • guidedmissile
    December 10, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Reblogged this on sampath and commented:
    Thanks for nice post. Please let me reblogging so that I can remember for long,.

  • She Dreams In Teal
    December 10, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Great reminder!

  • Mich-in-French
    December 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Hey Evan – funny thing I agree I would rather be a rocket and in with tongue-in-cheek I have nominated you for the (cough…don’t laugh too hard) The Sisterhood of the World Blogger’s Award which I hope you will accept. Many brotherly congratulations! Here is the link:

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    December 11, 2013 at 12:54 am

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  • yamini
    January 9, 2014 at 9:12 am

    wow!!! Nice read!!! Keep writing …. ROCKET 🙂 🙂