The Finish Line

“A gold medal is a wonderful thing, but if you’re not enough without it,
you’ll never be enough with it.”
-John Candy, aka Coach Irv Blitzer, Cool Runnings

It’s so tempting to think everything would fall into place, if only we could…

            …win the gold.
                …get published.
                     …become a bestseller.

But that’s a risky line of thinking. Does it mean we don’t see ourselves as true writers unless we get published? Does it make our characters and stories any less compelling?


That’s why John Candy’s advice is so wise. He’s talking about inner value, having confidence in yourself and your work, no matter what the outcome.

Like the Jamaican bobsled team, your writing is unique, beloved and unforgettable!

Stop back tomorrow for the relay's Closing Ceremonies and prizes!


  1. I was at peace before I was published and my life didn't hang on that happening, so I appreciate John Candy's words from the movie.
    This has been fun, Nicole!

  2. So true. I took a long hard look at myself before I started to seriously write. And now I know that I'd still write even if I never got published.

    Don't get me wrong. It would be great to have a bestseller, but that's just a bonus.

    Also love love loved Cool Runnings. :-)

  3. Beautiful sentiment and reminder to stay true and be the best you! Love this~ Nice to meet you!