I write a lot about the need for each of us to develop our individual talents and follow our own dreams. But for a moment I'd like to think about the friends who support us along the way. Helping someone accomplish a goal, being part of someone else's picture, is rewarding in its own right. Parents know this. It's why they beam with pride at baseball games, knowing they first taught that child to throw a ball. Or why while watching a high school musical, they remember the all those times little voices called "Watch me! Watch me!", and they did. Why they celebrate those diplomas and career advancements like they were their own.
Knowing someone believes in you can be the best incentive to succeed. And, believing in someone else's dream can help it to happen. After all, the Beatles didn't become "THE BEATLES!" in a vacuum.
So, here's a shout out to anyone who has read my book and is looking forward to the next one, who reads this blog, who has supported this endeavor with encouragement, advice, or passing the word along. I promise to do my best not to let you down.