Whether you are young, middle-aged or old, you sure have a dream. Even a small one. I believe in dreams and I believe in pursuing them. No matter if they come easily or after some hardship. To accomplish dreams is the most empowering thing and also the greatest motivation to wake up each morning. They don’t have to be selfish, they don’t have to deny time and love to the important people in our lives.
But what it takes to follow a dream? Will it be worth it? What is the best way to go out into this adventure?
Because, you know, real life usually gets in the way. Yes, it does. And it can make our dreams take longer to achieve. But that also gives us time to be sure about what is it that we truly want.
What I want to share with you today is the motivation to go after whatever is your dream. Your biggest dreams. Small ones are ok ones, but the biggest ones are the real game-changers.
Below you’ll find a list of articles featuring the stories of people who did it. First of all, let me present you a list of the qualities I find in most of them:
- Usually, it looks like they had little chance to do achieve them. But they did. And, quite often, it helps that they persevered and kept following the direction of their dreams.
- Their dream usually wasn’t “to make a lot of money”. You may want to make money, but that’s not the end goal. Probably, if you’re focusing on your career dream, you may expect to receive good money at the end. But that will be a collateral effect of your good work. I, for example, hope one day to be doing enough to pay the bills and live nicely. But that nicely can range from living simply to being able to own multiple properties. Whatever it has to be, will be.
- Don’t compete with others. I was going to say don’t compare to others, which is right too. Although, you can see where others are, you can say “it would be nice to be on their position” or have that job or career or accomplishments. But we always go wrong (and I do it quite often) when we try to get there by comparing ourselves. The way to improve is not so much about how close you are to achieving the same that that person but, on the contrary, about how far are you from where you started. Or better said, how much you have improved since last week. How far have you gone from yesterday. What are the little things you’ve learned in the process. Acknowledge your merits, but don’t sit there. You can do better. Always go the extra mile.
- They struggled with a few setbacks along the way. If there is something everyone knows about dreams is that they don’t come really easyly. There’s always a transition process, longer or shorter, that will make you hopeful and hopeless a number of times on the way to the summit of your goal. Nonetheless, you can be lucky and get near there pretty soon. If not, well, you’re back to number 2. Harder is not a reason to quit.
- In the line of the above… Failure. What if you fail to achieve your dream? Well, let me say, most failures aren’t so dramatic. Something didn’t work. Ok. But maybe some things did. Maybe you can take another route to the same destiny. Maybe you’ve discovered that’s not really your dream now. It’s ok to be strong but no need to be too hard on yourself. Keep improving on the things that are in your power, let go of the things you can’t control.
- Finally, follow your bliss. Always try to put more of what you like in your life (that doesn’t mean to buy all cute things and spend every dime to feel better). But do more of that hobby, get out more with that people, listen more to that music. Mention no more or less often that which isn’t bringing joy to your life.
Here ends my talk. Now go for some refreshing stuff.
First, a bit of Disney. Who knows better how to make you believe in you and your dreams? So here two clips of my favourite movies that will encourage you.
Still thirsty? Now, let’s go over some inspiring stories from people who did it.
– Big names that faced failures and setbacks: 6 Stories of Super Successes Who Overcame Failure
– Tragedy to Triumph: 7 Entrepreneurs Who Beat the Odds Their stories and learnings
– People who started from zero training on their field : 20 Successful Entrepreneurs with No Experience
– Entrepreneur stories are good but athletes stories reaching success are unbeatable : The Stories Of These 5 Athletes Will Motivate Everyone Of You
Also, most girls on sports are a big inspiration for me. I feel a deep admiration for girls pursuing sports because it’s still harder than for men and they showcase a great motivation and strength (in and out).
– Failing Forward: 7 Stories Of Success Through Failure More of that? Yes, a bit more, please. There’s never enough.
– How a Young Artist Sold 400 Paintings in One Year An artist who did it.
– There are stories like these everywhere: Dreams Do Come True
And, as you’d expect from me… A short selection of books!
– My fight / Your fight – talking about strong women…
– Saltwater Buddha (maybe not exactly how he achieved the dream, but goes beyond that)
A couple you may’ve heard around here already:
– Hero (from the saga of the Secret) it’s quite motivating and inspirational (with quotes and stories of great people too – two of them are surfers!)
What are the most inspiring and motivating stories for you? Share the spark in the comments below!