“I hate motivational talks. They’re all the same and they don’t actually tell you anything substantive about how to achieve your goals.”
This was a view expressed by one of my friends and I’m sure he’s not the only way who feels this way. Personally, I am a huge fan of motivational talks but I must admit I think there is some merit in his words. The reasons for it are twofold: firstly, all successful people share certain traits and there are certain core principles, like good work ethic and discipline, which all self-made successful people must have. Secondly, and more importantly, everybody has their own unique dream and as such nobody can tell you exactly how to go about fulfilling that dream. If somebody can give you a complete blueprint to your goals, then what you have is merely a job or a genie, but not a dream.
It cannot be stated enough that everyone has within them their own unique ideas, dreams and purpose. But sadly, too many people are chasing jobs instead of dreams. I was recently speaking to someone and I asked her why she wouldn’t get a job outside of law after she finished law school. Her response was that she wouldn’t do that because it’s not what she “set out to do”. Rather than pursuing a particular career because we’re passionate about it, many of us are making career choices based on what appears to be the natural progression- whatever is most straightforward and easy.
I can guarantee you that you can never achieve true fulfilment and happiness if you neglect to do what you truly want.
In many of us lies a deep desire to create. A yearning to think about new ideas and solve problems that no one before you was able to. We want to own our businesses, build them from the ground up, have financial security whilst also feeling independent and free, and to feel unique and not just follow the mould of so many before us. We want to create a legacy. Create change. Create a better Trinidad. Create what no one before has created.
Do not ignore this desire. Do not bury it with thoughts and words of “realism”. Ignoring your dreams is not the realistic choice, it’s the easy choice- the safe choice. Yes, I agree there may be certain times when you may have to take the less risky option in order to garner some financial stability for yourself or your family. This may especially be the case at the start of your career. But there comes a time when you have to take the RISK.
Listen to your gut. Follow your heart.
Your dreams aren’t just for when you lie down at night to sleep. I urge you to believe in yourself. Trust in your abilities and know that you can achieve any goal that you have, no matter how huge or unrealistic it may seem. Just because you studied a certain degree or because everyone believes the best option for you is to work an 8-4 at some job you don’t like, you still have control over what you do.
I acknowledge that it’s scary, but without risk there can be no reward. I once heard Les Brown say that to be financially secure, you need to be RICH. Dreams take time, but they’re worth the wait. Make your happiness a priority, and relentlessly go after everything that will make you happy.
There will always be reasons not to. But you were created to do so much. You are grand and blessed with skill and potential beyond measure. You were created…to CREATE!
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible”- T.E Lawrence