I’m a big believer that everyone should spend a portion of their life chasing their own dreams.
Whether dream chasing is your life focus, or something you do a few hours a month, it has enormous value.
I have found that the act of pursuing dreams has brought me a sense of vitality and aliveness to my life.
It’s fun. It’s exciting. It’s invigorating.
You shift from merely existing, to truly living.
I get push back from my readers on this topic. I've gotten emails and Facebook messages from people who say…
- Chasing dreams isn’t practical.
- Dream chasing is for kids, not for adults.
- If I chase my dreams, who is going to pay the bills?
- It’s irresponsible.
These people making these comments often perceive themselves as being wise and practical in deliberately not pursuing their dreams.
Rather than argue the point, let me frame things differently with the following statement:
If you are NOT fulfilling YOUR dreams
then you are fulfilling SOMEONE ELSE'S dream.
If you're working for a corporation in a management position and it's not your dream to be there, then staying there means fulfilling your manager/VP’s dream of becoming a Partner or C-Level off of your efforts.
If you didn’t want to become a surgeon but you became one anyway, you didn’t fulfill your own dreams. However, you may have fulfilled your parents' dream of being parents to a surgeon.
If it isn’t your dream to get a loan to buy two cars, a big house, and have 1.7 children, but you do so anyway, you’re not fulfilling your dreams but might be fulfilling the dreams of your bank’s shareholders who profit from your decision.
My point isn’t to argue that you should or should not be fulfilling dreams.
My point is that you already are chasing dreams.
The only question that’s up for debate is whose dreams are you fulfilling?
or someones else's?
Share your thoughts below.
If your dream is to:
make your own decisions
build a business for yourself and your family
shape your work around your life
be free of untrained and managers who don't know half of what you know
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