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What To Do: Chasing Your Dream

Tips on running the race of dreams all the way to the end.

I once knew a guy who wanted to be a cowboy one week and a pastor the next. I myself wanted to be a professional figure skater and a tennis star when I was a kid. Ah, dreams: they can come from out of nowhere, but they have a way of grabbing a hold of your heart so tightly that nothing can shake it.

When you have a dream to do something, be something or go somewhere, it feels as if it’s your sole purpose to do that and no one can convince you otherwise. If you have a realistic dream - whether it’s being the next Chipper Jones or building a house you designed yourself - it’s time to get serious about it, no matter what age you are.

  • Don’t take no for an answer. When I worked for a real estate company a year or two ago, I once asked the most successful agent at the firm what her secret was. She closed on multiple properties every week the entire time I worked there. When I asked her about it, she smiled and looked at me humbly. She told me, “I just don’t take no for an answer.” She grew up selling appliances and found from a young age that not only could she sell, she could do it well. Taking something she was good at and developing an iron will made her a weekly success story.
  • Be willing to suffer for it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t all end with determination. If it did, Hollywood would have a hard time finding inspirational stories to make blockbusters. Be willing to suffer for your craft. I’ve known too many people who gave up on their dreams when things got a little rough and never went back - though they looked back often. I constantly hear about regrets. If it takes getting paid half of what you deserve to work your way to the position in your dreams, do it. If you don’t, someone right behind you will. If you have to deny yourself luxuries for a time, do it. Ask yourself which you’d prefer in the long run - “what if” becoming your most common thought? Or living a story you can tell your grandchildren one day?
Brenda July 30, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Dreams are wonderful, but some of us have to do what it takes to care for others and our dreams may not ever come true. But maybe if you keep trying they will, If they dont maybe you may need to turn and go another way! Not sure about dreams I have always just tried to do what is best for my family, I never had big dreams , so I wouldn't know. Thanks for the advice and I do hope yours come true .
Deena C. Spell July 31, 2011 at 04:56 PM
A lot of people do that (whatever is best for the family), and this is dedicated to them! It's never too late to go for a dream.
Brenda July 31, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Your right! I just don't have many latley.when you r Getting older, dreams don't mean as much to you as spending time with the people your love. Thanks for comments. I love to read your thoughts and advice.

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