24 Sep If Your Dreams Don’t Scare You, Dream Bigger!
There comes a time in every persons’ life, but especially in an entrepreneur’s journey, where something detrimental happens.
Something so limiting and grounding that it alone can cause a lack of motivation, drain of resilience, and, if left unchecked, a lifetime of mediocrity.
This is something particularly alarming due to its appearance to the untrained eye. It pretends to be our ally, but truly is one of our most sinister foes.
What is it? This thing? This obstacle to success? This impediment to progress?
At this point you may be wondering “all of that dramatic build for this?” While you are 100% correct in using the word dramatic to describe my writing style, it doesn’t mean that I’m wrong.
Here’s my proof:
As I stated in my first publication, CEO at 20: A Little Book for Big Dreams, “the things we achieve in life are directly correlated to the goals that we set.”
Let’s think about this from another perspective. If we don’t actively plan to achieve goal xyz, then how can we possibly expect to get there?
For example, Johnny, our fictional hero, wants to become a rockstar. For the sake of the example, let’s say that his dream, specifically, is to enter the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
If Johnny doesn’t take the time to plan how he’ll do it, recruit band members, market his music brand, etc., he won’t even have a chance to sit amongst the immortal rockstars of his dreams.
Now, there are plenty of reasons why Johnny may not take massive action towards his goal, but for most people in Johnny’s situation, the main dilemma is that they believe with every fiber of their being that their goal is IMPOSSIBLE to reach. As Henry Ford said, “whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
Thinking about whether you actually can or can’t do something – being “practical” – isn’t helpful on the journey anyways. It is much more effective to figure out HOW you’re going to get there and start aligning resources, connections and effort towards making that dream a reality.
When I was in high school, I NEVER thought about starting a business, writing books, or blogging. Those things seemed foreign to me, and not even in the realm of possibility.
Fast forward to September 2017, and I’ve founded or co-founded more than 4 businesses, published 15 books, and have been blogging on and off for almost 3 years.
I don’t say these things to boast, and I genuinely don’t think that I have anything to brag about, as I have a long way to go. But I bring those things up to show you that it IS possible.
Will it be easy? Of course not!
Is it worth it? 1,937,927,029,739 times YES!
The feeling of accomplishment and the knowledge born out of these experiences is greater than anything I’ve experienced before.
How do you start a business?
Sell something. It doesn’t matter what, just sell something. Don’t worry about having an LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, etc. until your idea starts working.
How do you write a book?
Every morning when you wake up, write anything for 30 minutes on your phone (Google Doc), in a notebook, etc. It won’t necessarily be the quality of Shakespeare at first, but who cares? Get enough words written down everyday to start piecing together a book. You can get a title, cover, editor, and anything else you need later.
You can absolutely create the life of your dreams. No matter what that life looks like, as long as you can imagine it in vivid detail, hold that image in your mind, and start figuring out how to get there one step at a time, you’ll be able to give it a shot.
Am I saying that everyone is going to be successful in every endeavor they try?
No, that would be foolish. But I am saying that everyone who became successful was at one point unsuccessful.
The difference between mediocrity and grandeur? Avoiding thinking small.
But how do we do it? How do we actually go about thinking bigger and turning our dreams into reality?
I go through the steps I have implemented and believe are necessary in my first publication, CEO at 20: A Little Book for Big Dreams. Get your copy here:
I’m not trying to sell you on it, you can pay what you want!
I’d rather spread my message and help people turn their dreams into reality than take your money!