I sometimes wonder if I have what it takes to be an engaging personal finance blogger. In many respects, I’m just a “regular guy” with a dream:
- I haven’t traveled to 27 countries and become location-independent.
- I didn’t sell a business I created in my 20s for a million dollars.
- I’m not paying off mountains of debt by delivering pizzas.
- I didn’t sell all my stuff and move to Australia.
If we had met these people when they were starting out, we could have written them off for being crazy. And yet every one of these stories now inspires us, and stands as an example of what someone can achieve when they go for it. How is that possible?
I think it’s nothing more than fear. We admire the ability of these folks to overcome their fear of failure and secretly wish we could do the same. There’s also a fear of what we could accomplish with the talents we already have!
Letting Go of Crazy
You already understand that it takes hard work and dedication to reach your dreams. Given enough incentive (the right goal in mind), that’s not the problem. The problem is trying to let go of the notion that just because something is out of the ordinary, it’s not achievable or even advisable.
But as you can see, success is defined by crazy people, people with a dream they weren’t afraid to pursue. Learn about some of the most successful companies today, and you’ll see that it’s true.
Most of us already know what to do to achieve our wildest dreams–we simply believe that there is some factor, whether it’s time, money, circumstances, or effort, that’s simply insurmountable. But these are nothing more than exaggerated assumptions about the future.
Defining Your Own Dream
Not everyone wants to travel the world or be a millionaire. Then again, many do and think they cannot.
Ultimately, the only thing that matters is what you want, but defined in a spirit of complete honesty with yourself. If you understand your dream, the one thing in your heart that has always nagged you, but that maybe you’ve dismissed until today, then you’ve taken the first step.