It is Your Dream, Not Their Dream!
It’s Your Dream
Why is it that when you have a dream, you look for acceptance of the people around you. Your friends, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your parents. They tell you it’s not possible or it’ll be too hard. It’s not their dream, it’s your dream.
Of course they think it’s impossible because it’s not their dream. It’s your dream and only you can see it as a reality. If you let the people around you say enough negative things you will start to believe it and then your mind will turn against you. You’ll start doubting yourself. Listen, the people around you don’t mean you harm but they don’t have your vision. It’s not their dream to believe in, it’s your dream and most people don’t have a real dream or goal. They may say they do. But they don’t.
Your parents most likely want the best for you but maybe they had a dream and never achieved it and now think dreams are a waste of time and they have a vision for you that is safe. They think they are helping. They may not want you to experience the failure they experienced but the ultimate failure is not to try. People told Steve Jobs his vision was ridiculous and not attainable, where would the world be without Steve Jobs.
You can easily talk yourself out of following your dream. Your mind is a survival tool it not meant to make you happy, that’s your job. If will give you every excuse you need to doubt yourself and not follow your dreams because it wants you to be safe. There’s a quote that it’s better to be safe than sorry. What a stupid quote! Being safe will lead you to being sorry. Playing life safe leads to failure.
In the mid-1960s, a Yale economics professor asked his undergraduate students to submit papers proposing startup ideas. One student, named Fred Smith, wrote his paper on the possibility of an overnight delivery system with computerized records. His idea, if executed successfully, would revolutionize the transportation industry.
Allegedly, the professor gave the student a C, and told him that in order to earn a higher grade, the idea had to actually be feasible.
A few years later, Smith became the founder of FedEx.
Almost all startup ideas sound crazy until they become successful. This story gets told every year in Yale’s entrepreneurship classes specifically to encourage crazy-sounding ideas, in the hopes that they might someday be perceived differently.
“Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.” — Ray Bradbury.
If you ask students coming out of High School what they wanted to do with their life, you’d here. “Well, I’d like to be a painter, I’d like to be a poet, I’d like to be a writer” but as everybody knows, you can’t earn any money that way. Well, do that and forget the money because if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time, you’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living; that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing which is stupid. Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way. And after all, if you do really like what you’re doing- it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually turn it into a nice living.
You can’t live your life to please other people, you have to live your truth. It’s okay to be misunderstood. It’s okay to be different. It’s your life not theirs. It’s your dream. Be you! Only those who can see the invisible can do the impossible.