Forgive Me, I’m Just A Dreamer
Forgive me, I’m just a dreamer. It seems so foreign to me that people can still believe things to be impossible. Have you ever noticed that some people make negative comments or even discourage people from their dreams when they believe that they have a good idea? When someone shares their dream with me, I always believe them. I’ve learned that anything is possible. It’s not about the opportunities or even luck. What matters in the end is purpose and work. Don’t wait on the approval of others to pursue your dream, get to work. Here are some tips to get started:
1. Stop making excuses.
There will never be a “right time” to do what you believe you have been called to do. Like Nike, “Just do it”. I have been criticized heavily for this framework but I believe that there is no time like the present and we must capitalize on the time that we do have as opposed to planning for the time that we have not been promised.
2. Don’t quit.
If you don’t face adversity, you will never bloom. Consider the root trying to break ground. It is not easy to break through layers of soil but when the groundbreaking moment happens, it is amazing. Furthermore, just because the root has broken ground does not mean that the flower blossoms immediately. There is still nourishment, sunshine and love that the root must receive. Our dreams are the same. Even when we are in pursuit and experience a milestone, there is still much work to be done. Whatever you do, never give up. I will die in pursuit of a dream because I will know that I chased after the things placed on my heart to fulfill and in my mind, this is the very fiber of our existence.
3. Stop allowing yourself to be discouraged.
I have had so many people tell me that things would not work or that I was “doing too much”. I have to admit that I am always guilty of “doing too much”. This is who I am and I have learned to accept that. I do not recommend it for everyone but I am a parallel entrepreneur by nature. It is imperative that we learn our entrepreneurship style and act accordingly. That said, no matter your style, you can always find a good old fashioned nay sayer. There are plenty of people waiting to steal, kill and destroy your dream. The difference between people who achieve and people who just dream is action. You must learn to develop a defense against people who do not believe in you or your dream. The most important person is the one you see when you look in the mirror. Believe in yourself and know that God would not give you a dream without giving you the provisions to achieve.
Colin Powell once said: “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work”.
Not only do I concur but I would also like to add blood, sweat and tears.
Ardre Orie is an Entrepreneur/Philanthropist