10 Lies You Will Hear When You Start Pursuing Your Dreams

March 12, 2012

in Confessions,Lifestyle

1. You can follow your dreams someday, but right now you need to buckle down and be responsible. – Someday? When is ‘someday?’ Someday is not a day at all. It’s a foggy generalization of a time that will likely never come. Today is the only day guaranteed to you. Today is the only day you can begin to make a difference in your life. And pursuing your dreams is what life is all about. So don’t be irresponsible. Don’t wait until ‘someday.’ Make today the first day of the rest of your new life.

2. You’re totally screwed if it doesn’t work out. – Wrong! In fact, the worst case scenario is that things don’t work out and you have to go back to doing exactly what you are doing right now.

3. It’s safer to stay at your day job. – Sure, I suppose. But you know what’s even safer than that? Going home, locking yourself in your bedroom, and never, ever coming out. And just like that you will have flushed your entire life and your dreams down the toilet. Remember, safer doesn’t always mean better.

4. That’s impossible! – It’s only impossible if you never do anything about it. The reason certain things seem impossible is simply because nobody has achieved them yet. But this doesn’t mean that with your help these things won’t become possible in the future. If you truly dedicate yourself to an end result, almost anything is possible. You just have to want it bad enough.

5. Only a lucky few “make it.” – That’s because those lucky few got off their rear ends and did something about it! They had the drive, determination, and willpower that you have right now. You can be one of them. It’s up to you, and only you.

6. You might fail. And failing is bad. – Failures are simply stepping stones to success. No matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be. Either you succeed or you learn something. Win-Win. The biggest mistake you can make is doing nothing because you’re too scared to make a mistake. If you can’t handle failure, then you can’t handle success either.

7. You don’t have access to the right resources. – It’s not about having the right resources; it’s about exploiting the resources you do have access to. Stevie Wonder couldn’t see, so he exploited his sense of hearing into a passion for music, and he now has 25 Grammy Awards to prove it. Get it?

8. You need more money saved before you can take the first step. – You don’t need more money. You need a plan. You need a budget. Eliminate ALL the nonessential costs in your life. If pursuing your dream requires you to leave your day job, figure out the absolute minimum amount of income that you require to realistically live. Studying those who have succeeded with similar ventures also helps. But above all, take baby steps. Don’t be foolish and assume that you must have a certain amount of money saved right now, or that you must quit your day job today in order to pursue your dreams. Instead, ask yourself, “What actions can I take right now with the money and resources I have right now that will bring me closer to desired goal?”

9. You don’t need any help. It’s smarter to go after it alone. – You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with. If you hang with the wrong people, they will negatively affect you. But if you hang with the right people, you will be far more capable and powerful than you ever could have been alone. Find your tribe and work together to make a difference in all of your lives.

10. That sounds like a lot of hard work. – You’re darn right it does! But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. I think success in life hinges on one key point: Finding hard work you love doing. As long as you remain true to yourself and follow your own interests, values and dreams, you can find success through passion. Perhaps most importantly, you won’t wake up a few years from now working in a career field you despise, wondering “How the heck am I going to do this for the next 30 years?” So if you catch yourself working hard and loving every minute of it, don’t stop. You’re on to something big. Because hard work ain’t hard when you concentrate on your passions and dreams.

Disregard these misguided bits of nonsense and you’ll be well on your way to fulfilling your dreams.

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.


Curry Matalucci via Facebook March 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

I think I need to print this one out and read it over and over until I do it. <3

Lindsey March 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I think I need to do the same thing. This was mostly a reminder to myself!

Chasing Joy March 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I love this post.  So motivating!  You are right on!!!  Prepare your self to be quoted by me 🙂
These are my favorite lines: "Remember, safer doesn’t always mean better."
"The biggest mistake you can make is doing nothing because you’re too scared to make a mistake"
"If you can’t handle failure, then you can’t handle success either."
"You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with. "

Lindsey March 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Aww thanks! Feel free to quote me any time!

Cricket of Tripping Tuesdays March 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

My #1 scenario is similar.  Don't ever put off your dreams for the dreams of your spouse or significant other. if you put it off, chances are you won't ever follow through.  I put off my dreams for my then-husband who wanted to go to med school.  Here it is almost 20 years later and I am still not a forensic psychologist.  At this age, I never will be.

Jamie March 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Absolutely love this post =) 

Krystle March 13, 2012 at 10:54 am

People should always follow their dreams despite what others say. We should support one another not give others doubt.

Chasing Joy via Facebook March 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

This was definately one of my favorite posts!

Marie Noelle March 15, 2012 at 9:18 am

LOVE this post! It's so true! (so true that you'll hear this shit when you start pursuing your dreams). I'll had one I heard:

We all have dreams, it doesn't mean we all quit our jobs for that… they are only dreams…
pschhhhhhhhhh pschhhhhhhhhh <- yes, that's the sound of an angry cat

Susan Silver March 18, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I have been victim to some of these. Finally had a break through and got stuff done again. One of the hardest bits of doing anything is endurance. Things don't change over night and we need to look at what we have accomplished and how far we have come. Yet, if you get into a slump than those thought may not be too far behind.

Morgan Dragonwillow (@MDragonwillow) March 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Wow… a lot of inspiration in this post. Good reminders, all of them. Anything is possible with a little determination.

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