If you have a dream, follow it.
Execute the shit out of your dream. Many people will have different opinions about your “unreachable” goal and your relentless drive. There are three main things people will do.
1. Say you’re a fool
2. Laugh at you for being naive
3. Tell you to be safe and get a plan B
None of these things should be taken to heart because that’s the way the world works. When other people can’t have something, they want to tell everyone else that they can’t have it either. Those people are the jackasses that fall into the first two categories.
Your loved ones, family and friends, will most likely tell you that you need a plan B.
Now, I’m not saying that it’s completely a bad idea to think of a plan B. But know this: if you do come up with a safety plan to help you make money while you pursue your primary goal in life, you won’t be 100 percent invested in your primary goal.
If you give yourself the option of doing something else (in this case by having a plan B), then you will surely lose concentration and confidence in your main goal.
Remember, you’re an idealist for thinking that you can achieve greatness by fulfilling your own passions.
However, if you don’t give yourself the option to fail, put an enormous amount of focus in accomplishing your dreams, work hard, and work even harder then you’re an idealist with evidence of concrete success. Not to mention money–you know that papery goodness with a green tinge that allows you to buy pretty little toys for yourself.
So what about the realists?
The problem with being a realist or pragmatist is you give yourself no breathing room to accomplish what you set out to do. You start out the race with less than 100 percent focus because you’re thinking of all the things that could go wrong, and how you should cover your ass. It takes confidence and perseverance to win out your goals. And even more, it takes 100 percent of that confidence to see them come true.
Having a plan B in itself takes away a small percentage of your confidence, but it’s still enough to second guess yourself. And the doubters are the ones that end up settling for something less in life.
There will always be problems along the way. More important than the occurrence of the problem is your reaction to it. What happens afterwards? If you’re driving on a road and you get a flat tire. You don’t stop on the side of the road and decide it’s time to walk home. You fix the flat tire (with a smile) and continue on your way to your destination. Maybe you arrive a little later than expected, but, in turn, the journey feels more gratifying because of the obstacle that you overcame.
* Post picture by Wolfgang Staudt
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