An Entrepreneur Must Dream
An Entrepreneur Must Dream a Little Dream
One of the things I’m super passionate about is encouraging people to start dreaming again when they want to become an entrepreneur. Remember when you were a little kid you dreamed about what you wanted to be when you grew up? You dreamed about all the places you’d travel? You dreamed about the type(s) of cars you’d own and the stuff you’d buy? For most people, those dreams are toast. Most of us grew up. We got told to go to school, get a degree and get a job. Then maybe we got married, had some kids, got a mortgage and ended up in a situation where we had to keep the job in order to keep our “stuff.” I know for me, when I worked in corporate America in the oil/gas industry, I had the nice job but felt trapped, because I needed it to keep my car and my house. Then I got somewhat resentful and angry. When did I quit dreaming about those exotic locales that I wanted to visit? And more importantly, WHY did I quit dreaming? It took some introspection, a very radical change in my career path, a divorce and some other things along the way to figure it out.
Big Dreams Help You Stay Healthy
Over the last 15 years of my career in the natural health field, I talked to SOOO many clients about their health issues and one common theme emerged. They had all stopped dreaming about things that they had wanted as a kid. They let go of their goals and their expectations for an extraordinary life and now are “settling” and worse. They may be faced with a health crisis now, so dreaming about wishes and goals are definitely off the table.
“We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body.” – Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage
I’m here to say that it shouldn’t be that way. I would even go so far as to say that I have found that people often get sick when they get to that “trapped” feeling, when they’ve settled into mediocrity. One day they wake up and they’re 60 years old, feel like their life is just whizzing past, and they feel powerless to change it. They’re depressed and have regret for all the things they didn’t do. They get nostalgic about the “what ifs,” etc.
Keeping Hopes and Dreams Alive Advances Goals
It’s never too late to realize your dreams! It might take time. It will likely take some sacrificing, but I want to encourage you to get back in touch with things you want. Even if they seem inconsequential or especially if they seem out of reach. Get crazy! No matter how outlandish the wish or the dream, write it down. Write ALL of them down. Pick a goal that IS attainable and start working toward it. Make tiny, baby steps, but all the while moving toward that thing that you want. There’s nothing that’s not attainable. You just have to have a little faith, a positive mental attitude and the right focus!
When you want to be an entrepreneur, you need to be able to dream. You need to be able to set and attain goals. You can reach back into your past and pump new life into your childhood ability to dream and create goals. Your life is not over. Today is your first day of your tomorrow.