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Everybody has creative ideas and dreams. It's the courageous few, through their determination and perseverance who turn dreams into tangible realities, with sustainable consumer needs, and/or purposes in industry or the marketplace.

Playing it safe and doing nothing usually ends with unfulfilled dreamers, looking back over their lives, asking the question, "What if?" What if I followed my bliss and took a chance? What might have happened? Could I have been successful and would I now be more happy and content than I am? Those that do nothing will never know.

When first starting out on the road to independence, self realization, and fulfillment, young dreamers feel invincible, visualizing the world at their feet with unlimited possibilities. If at first the world doesn't share the dreamer's enthusiasm, it doesn't necessarily mean that the dreamer is wrong, or that their vision doesn't have any value. It does mean that the dreamer will now have to figure out why, and then go on to the next step, or move on to their next big idea. The obvious problem with this process is that everybody has to make a living. Unless the dreamer is very rich or gets lucky and the dream actually starts generating an income for them, finding a paying job soon becomes a priority.

Along the way, if the dreamer is not careful, soon the trappings of life replace the dream with tangible possessions, which includes the responsibilities and commitments to sustain them. The dreamer's focus changes from what could be, to what is.

Life, time, and space are so finite and at best uncertain with death the only certainty and inevitable outcome for all existence. With that understanding, keeping up with the Joneses hardly seems as important as following one's bliss. When courageously taking any first step, in an attempt to rise up above complacency; realize our dreams, to give us more value and completeness, and fulfill our potentials, we all soon find that if it were easy, everybody would be doing it.

 


If everyone played it safe succumbing to their own self-inflected limitations, we would all still be living in the middle ages. We all benefit from the risk takers, if only to inspire us to reach our full potentials. Personally, I gravitate to people who think outside the box; not afraid to try new things. As Theodore Roosevelt said, "...there place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." It's an exciting place to be, even if it takes a lifetime to get there. We are all better off from those who are actually in the arena, pushing the envelope beyond what is, to what can be, while constantly reaching ahead of us to the infinite possibilities beyond.

There are countless stories of people who were ahead of their time, with their work only appreciated after their death. Whether they succeed in life or not is not as important as their determination to make it all happen, and after years of hard work, to finally realize their dream as something real and tangible. By doing nothing, the dream remains but a dream, and dies with the dreamer - as so often tragically happens. At least the courageous followed their bliss and took a chance with that first step to a higher calling instead of just leaving the dream a mere fabric of their unfulfilled imagination.

 

So follow your bliss, dream big dreams, hold your standards high, reach for the stars -  and by all means remember that nothing really good comes easy because if it did everybody would be doing it.

 

 

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I couldn't help smiling when I read your statement about reaching the stars as that's actually part of my dreams for my life. :-) As a transhumanist I'd like to become immortal and travel across the universe. As for my business I could get into the terraforming business but possibly there could be some trading possiblities concerning entangled particles, at least some new technologies make them obsolete then who know what kind of business possibilities we'll have in a million years or even if the term business as we mean it today will have any meaning in that far future. ;-)
Massimo, traveling across the universe: entangled particles, etc. You think BIG, and I love those things too. Becoming immortal however, is a whole different matter. I hope you do something about what is possible in the here and now.
My short time goal is to regain control of my time. Unfortunately with the economic crisis my business didn't go as well as it used to anymore so I had to try something different but in time I realized that to do that not only I had to work more hours but I couldn't decide when to do those hours, which wasn't good for my private life either. Basically, it was like if before the crisis I was swimming in the sea while after that I was just brought here and there by the tides. After some time I decided that I needed to change that situation so last year I started rearranging my activity one more time so that I can work smarter not harder with a decent contro of my time and globally be happier with both my work and my private life.
Massimo, I wish I had the answer. We're all going through many challenges and I personally work on marketing my book 12 to 14 hours a day, seven days a week and have been doing so for longer than I would like to think about. I've thought about how I might find balance, but the whole game has changed and we must change with it or be left behind. I just don’t see any semblance of a normal life in the near future. I hope I’m wrong but especially when working for yourself you have to be willing to go that eatra mile. We just can’t have it both ways any more. There are goblins out there that keep getting in the way.

Mark, you're so right! The last years were so chaotic and we got so busy trying to avoid being left behind that too often we forget where we're going! Going and extra mile doesn't scare me as it's what I've being doing since I opened my company in 1994 but that "one step up, two steps back" feeling I had sometimes during the last couple of years really started bugging me because I realized that all those extra miles didn't lead me anywhere.

Now I'm trying to find the right direction and move towards it without wasting energies moving in circle.
Everything you just said is the same thing I've been going through for far too long. And then I say to myself as I wrote apove, "If it were easy everybody would be doing it." Geee, that sure doesn't make me feel any better.
Unfortunately it takes a combination of a good idea, the right skills, the proper resources and enough time to succed.

Having limited mony is certainly a big issue if you can't convince someone to support your project. Personally I try to find ideas that I can develop with the resources I have but, as you pointed out, if it were so easy everybody would be doing it and no, it doesn't make me feel any better either. Despite the limitations I don't wanna give up!
I'm enjoying the artwork, creative graphics and all. I've written a story about a character and was looking for an artist to give him life. You might just be the one. That is one of my creative sides including, interior design-staging and writng. I also have an online magazine, hoping one day to open a talk that will show case all the talents and design my on stage. So that is one of my dreams among many others.
Gloria, my days continue to be totally consumed with "Littluns." With all the many good things you're doing it sounds like you're having difficulty finding time too.

I have turned many of my dreams into reality only to find most people weren’t ready for it. Sometimes it takes a little longer to achieve but as long as we're in the arena and making it happen anything becomes possible.

I have lots of dreams for my life and business. I especially love writing transformational books, and my dream is to touch millions with my books, including The Peace Seed: Personal and Global Transformation through Storytel..., which is just now coming out. Lots of plans for that book include corporate sponsorships for events that will connect people worldwide.

I also have a dream to be a Next Top Spiritual author" with my upcoming book Who me? The Reluctant Hero's Survival Guide. (feel encouraged to vote for me if you will, please! That's how we make round 2!)

For my life, I bring out the very best I have and fulfill my soul mission daily.

Thak you for asking.

Ronda
Ronda, nothing is impossible for dreamers who make it all happen in reality. As a fellow author I never wanted to get into the marketing of my novel, but that's the only way to take it all to the next step. Now all I have to do is re-write the book on internet marketing? Well I’m still working on that too.

I would like to travel with my family (myself, nanny, and children) to different parts of the world. I would like to have the option of staying for any length of time in a location that we particularly like. After several months of searching I would like to qualify for a custom made built home as a first time home buyer. I have a career background but for now I am simply a Master's student and a mother. There are a lot of transitions going on in my life right now. Of course, because I have lived in poverty all my life I pray for an unbundance of wealth, even though my riches are internal. It is nice to have without having to go without basic necessities. According to the Mayan calendar I am a galactic portal. How very nice it will be when I finally manifest things in a physical form on a continuing basis.

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