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Day 17: 31 Days of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

03/17/2013 12:22 pm ET | Updated May 17, 2013

Daily Inspiration: Day 17 of 31 Days

"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." -- Ella Fitzgerald (singer, 1918-1996)

A few days ago I heard a book critic saying disparaging things about the authors of inspirational literature, those who dare to suggest there is room in the world enough for us all to fulfill our greatest dreams. He argued that it wasn't possible, that societies as we know them couldn't function if we were all as successful as we wanted to be. It's an opinion I've heard before and I counter it with this quotation.

I believe in love and inspiration. I believe in passion and true desire. I believe that if a person follows the gentle urging of their heart then they'll find success doing what they want to do. Now, it might take many years and it might not bring great riches, but then that isn't the point. Wanting to be wealthy is quite a separate thing from wanting to do the thing you love. Babe Ruth said he'd have played baseball for food stamps, he simply loved doing it more than anything else. I feel the same way about writing. And, if that's how you feel about whatever it is you really want to do, then you can't go wrong.

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