About The Author: Dan Murphy
Don’t Leave Your Dreams on the TableIf you want to do something—try it. If it doesn’t work out, at least you tried. Because if you want to do something and never try, then you’ve totally failed. - David Brenner Paraphrased from “Soft Pretzels with Mustard”
Kicked out of school at 16, by 21 I thought I’d be a dishwasher for the rest of my life.
The above quote from David Brenner hit me like a thunderbolt. I’d had dreams and ambitions, but my defeatist, worst-case-scenario thinking crippled me. I was failing at life because of me.
I started listening to people who admitted, "I'm scared but I'm doing this no matter what." It pushed me to leave the coulda woulda shouldas behind. I did ‘extra’ work in tv and movies, which inspired me to take theatre and become an actor.
This success drove me to test other boundaries. A series of marathon weekend walks. I got my motorcycle licence. Then, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. A solo motorcycle ride from Newfoundland to Alaska to the Grand Canyon.
I kept a travelogue of my 85-day adventure, which turned into a book once back home.
After the dust settled, I really missed writing. This sparked an idea.
Could I write fiction?
I started to envision my superhero. Someone ordinary who faced danger with courage.
Of course he’d ride a motorcycle. But what would he wear? A cape wouldn’t work.
A Dispatch Rider! Everything I knew totally fit the bill. (I had a personal connection, which I talk about it at the end of book one.)
The plot came to me in a rush.
Although the writing started well, I wasn’t sure I could finish. So back to school I went. Only this time, it didn’t feel like the part-time prison of my childhood—thanks to a great teacher.
These books were written because I had an idea and chose to write.
I’m no longer limited by the coulda woulda shouldas. I go for my dreams.
And I want the same for you.
Don’t leave your dreams on the table okay? Life’s too short.