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Your Dream Can Become More Than An Idea

It's true. But I don't know if you're going to like the process. It's a simple word that we all tend to shy away from.


I was shopping at Urban Outfitters once (isn't that how ever good story stars these days?) and I flipped through a book. I was reading Stuff White People Like and the author was talking about the fact that we often like the idea of things more than the things themselves. He provided a rather great example - Guitar Hero. It's for those of us (myself included) that like the idea of playing an instrument and so we play a video game that makes us feel like we can actually play an instrument but we don't have to put in hours of practice.

For me, I've always wanted to write a book. In fact, I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't want to be a writer. Unfortunately, it's grandiose idea and one can easily get lost just by spending time pondering what it would feel like to release a book.

It does feel amazing - but only for about a day. Now, I am not saying that it wasn't an amazing process but it was certainly more work than I could ever imagine. Yes, I felt pretty darn cool on the launch day but I had personally spent 40+ hours investing in the project and little did I know that the launch day wasn't the end of the process but barely the beginning.

But enough about me.

You dream can become more than an idea if you work at it. It sounds simple, right? It is but that doesn't mean it's easy. Like me, you might be pursuing something that requires you to wake up early and stay up late. I have a friend that sets his alarm for 3am so that he can write and when he told me that, I wanted to punch him in the face.

Yet we have to come to a point where we ask ourselves - do we really want this book or CD or job? If we don't ask ourselves that question, we are making a decision like many of those around us. We've settled for a daydream and nagging feeling that reminds us what could've been.

Perhaps your dream is too crazy or too small. But if it's not worth doing, it's probably not worth romanticizing about. I don't have the answers and before you accuse me of talking from a high horse, let me finish.

I think your dream is worth the work. I really do. But you have to come to a point where excuses aren't allowed and you take ownership for what you want before it even exists.

Are you ready? It's going to be harder, more difficult and you'll hear criticism along the way. But you'll never know what you can achieve until you try with everything you have.

I believe in you. I'm simply asking you to believe in yourself so much that you begin to make the sacrifice so that your dream can become your reality.

What do you wish you could accomplish? What are you going to do to get started?