What would you do if you knew you could not fail? You would follow your dreams, wouldn’t you? You would open up that restaurant you always dream about, or maybe you would become a wildlife photographer, a travel author, an influential CEO or learn speaking another language. Maybe you would invest in your innovative ideas despite the risks or grow your business.When you share your desire to fulfill your dreams with others, you usually get a reaction like “True, but can you afford to follow your dreams?” “Well” you should say, “the question is, can you afford not to?” or in other words, “What is the real cost of not doing what you are passionate about?”
The truth is, if you’re doing something you love, you soon get very good at it. If you’re doing something you dislike or feel lukewarm about, your best efforts are, at the max, lukewarm. When you’re passionate, then you have a chance to become a niche leader because intrinsic motivation will propel you to create the best products or services. Once you’re the niche leader, the monetary rewards will naturally follow.
Life is about learning and pushing boundaries. If we stop learning, we’re wasting our minds. If we stop exploring, we’re wasting time. If we get too comfortable, we might as well be dead. If you haven’t felt lost in your life at some point in time, then you’re not pushing your capabilities hard enough.
You are unique, so is your dream. For instance, if you want to open up a restaurant, your dream restaurant will be different than my dream restaurant. You might be on a quest to create culinary renaissance that attracts people from the other side of the planet, while I pursue a highly minimalistic concept that goes back to basics of artisan bakery. The point is, only you can execute your vision the way it is supposed to be, nobody else can do it in exact the same way.
Your dream might be about starting your own business, or it might be advancing your career to the top in next five years. Why not? The important thing is to having a dream that motivates you to go out of your comfort zone and do what you really want to do. Besides, the world needs more entrepreneurs, more risk takers, more innovative businesses.
There’s definitely a balance to be achieved here. A dream has to be viable in the real world. However, the only way to know whether or not it’s possible is to try it. Sure, there are things you can do to make it more viable like having a solid business plan, setting tangible goals or collaborating with experts. But once you make a decision, then you have to go for it.
Or as Yoda as puts it; “Try Not! Do or Do not, there is no try!”
If it doesn’t work out for you, you can go back to the same position or a similar one. You haven’t lost any of your skills; on the contrary people will respect you more for taking the risk. Then, you can try following your dreams again, and again, and again if you need to, until you succeed.
Why? Because you deserve the best!