Get Off Your Butt

Adrian S. Potter
4 min readAug 11, 2021

And chase your dreams.

Photo by Jonas Svidras from Pexels

The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

“You can sit around and wish for good things to happen to you, but a dream is something you have to pursue, something you make happen… You’ve got to be responsible for your dreams. You’ve got to take care of them the way you take care of your children, protect them, say no to people who want to remake them their own way.” — Dolly Parton

My father was a sergeant in the US Army. A veteran of two wars, he saw a lot of things and did a lot of stuff — and he wasn’t recommending experiencing any of that drama to his only son.

He used to claim for every hundred people who claim they want success, only one of them rolls up their sleeves, gets their hands dirty, and tries to make it happen.

The spirit of his quote was valid, but I think his statistics were off. It feels more like one in a thousand. Or maybe even ten thousand.

But let’s just say my dad was right. Dig into it more and you’ll discover the other 99 folks want to avoid getting their feelings hurt or asses kicked — which are both common side effects for anyone seeking success.

So if you have lofty ambitions — to earn a promotion, learn how to code, drop ten pounds, read…



Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·