by Thiago Rezende
Chase your dreams. I’m sure you’ve heard that a time or two, right? But what does that really mean? Are we supposed to drop everything right now and go after what we’re passionate about? Or should we plan it carefully and wait for the right moment to dive into our passion? Perhaps find a place in the middle? It’s hard to tell.
The expression “chasing your dreams” is, way too often, given an almost poetic connotation of this impossible quest to find utopian reality where everything works perfectly and success comes flying through the door. Truth is, “Chasing your Dreams” is a very realistic, tangible scenario that involves way more than that.
It would be great if there was a formula to chasing dreams, but the truth is: there ISN’T. The so-called right moment is unique to each and every one of us.
The starter key is to master self-awareness. Get to know yourself. Figure out your strengths and weaknesses. Find out what your heart is in and only then choose a dream to pursue. You have all the tools in the world available to you through the internet, libraries and networking to figure it out. Be smart about it, use them.
The life of an entrepreneur is a constant conscious gamble. We have plenty ideas to start businesses, to help people, save the world, make money, and those are our dreams. None of them are set to succeed. Not without the hard work to figure out the need, the market, the viability of the product/service offered, and that’s the risk we’re willing to take on every day.
It’s a 50/50 chance. A 50% chance of success after trying it out is worth a whole lot more than a potential 100% chance of success stored in a drawer. Figure out what your dream is, figure out a way to monetize it, and work hard for it.
Only a few hours on Google will reveal stories of people that succeeded and/or failed following their dreams, and they’ve picked the most diverse paths to get there. The common factor in all of them: they never gave up. They were willing to go the extra mile to achieve their dreams. They decided to work harder than anyone else.
Failure is the greatest source of learning, don’t fear it. And if it does happen to you, get back up and start over, better and stronger. You’re then a wiser version of yourself and, because of that, you still win.
People often have great ideas, but are too scared to pursue them and end up failing for not trying. Chasing your dreams is challenging, but extremely rewarding. Realize you can do anything you want as long as you set your mind to it. Don’t let anyone discourage your dreams by saying, “You can’t do this,” and when they try, prove them wrong by doing it.
Life is too short to be wasted doing things we don’t like. Yes, bills have to be paid and you will most likely spend some time in life working places you don’t like. It takes experiencing the bad to learn and value the good. And once you do, it’s time to put in the work and go after it.
So Dream high, Dream big and Pursue it.