As some of you know, I decided to publish a book in the year 2000 and made a goal of 100 rejection letters because Dr. Seuss got 43 for his first story. To date I am at 32 rejections for various manuscripts. Then on January 1, 2016 I started a weekly blog which gave me a reason to write consistently and I turned the first year of that blog into a book entitled The Treasure You Seek.

My book links went live on June 14 and I spent that evening and the next day, June 15, sharing the news in my network.

My grandma was always one of my biggest supporters and I was very close to her. I wrote something about her when I was 14 and it was read at her funeral in Ireland five years later. The day she passed away was a flashbulb memory for me because although we only met ten times during my childhood, it was during ten trips visiting her in Ireland and we spent a lot of time together. She always made me feel like I could do anything.

And the 25th anniversary of her passing was June 15. The day my book dream became a reality.

What happened to me that week reminded me that anyone can do anything. If you put your mind to it, embrace failure and never give up you can make your dreams come true.

As mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell once said, “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” I know it held mine. What is the treasure you seek and what are you waiting for?

Photo credit: Jack Kukolic

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” Joseph Campbell #TheTreasureYouSeek

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  • Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

    Mother-of-three. Freelance writer. Author. #HuffPost blogger. Believer in dreams.

    Siobhan Kukolic is a storyteller at heart. She writes to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see. She recently published her first book, available on Amazon and Indigo. The Treasure You Seek is about following your heart, believing in yourself beyond reason, embracing failure and knowing that you are enough. It includes inspirational stories about famous failures, cultural icons, world leaders and regular folks like you and me. The goal is to remind us that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see. A perfect read for graduates from elementary school through university, people starting their career, changing jobs or retiring, friends going through a medical crisis, new parents, empty nesters and anyone who wants to be inspired. She started her career as a copywriter working on campaigns for organizations including Esso, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Grand & Toy, Labatt, and SC Johnson. While raising her kids, she volunteered as co-chair of her school council for seven years, helped get eight 20-foot maples donated for an eco-classroom and co-ordinated the building of a school peace garden with 115 donated trees and shrubs for Earth Day. She co-founded a not-for-profit movement called Blueberry Shark, named after a healthy fruit and the only animal that doesn't get cancer, with a mission to create the healthiest kids in the world. By providing a voice for those who didn't have one, she rallied enough media attention to help crowd-fund $105,000 in two weeks to pay for an unfunded drug for a mother of two dying of stage-four brain cancer. She also used media attention to nudge the government to change drug coverage policy right before an election and get a $360,000 a year drug covered for a 12-year-old cystic fibrosis patient. Her letters to the editor are frequently published in the National Post and she has represented her neighbourhood by making deputations at city council and the school board. She spends her time blogging, speaking to students and corporations about grit, and juggling the schedules of her three kids as they follow their dreams in competitive Irish dance and ice hockey.