Happy Thankful Thursday, Dreamers!
The one part about being a dreamer that nobody bothers saying is what the dream process is actually like.
You begin with this calling you can’t ignore–an exciting vision–that hopefully you launch to begin your dreamer’s journey. But no one really knows exactly how long the journey will take or how difficult it can be. There’s no guide to dreaming that has all of your answers.
There’s no dreamer road map.
We hold this vision of who we want to become, like me wanting to be an International public speaker, but there is no magical 8 ball telling me exactly how long this dream will take to achieve or what will and won’t work for me as I navigate the public speaking world.
Many dreamers, like me have to work at other jobs to finance their passions, spending years working for someone else while they toil at their dream on the side when they can work it into their schedule.
I think that the worst thing you can possibly do is quit during these years of toiling to make your dream come true.
It’s in the toiling, the working at your dream that you become the person capable of achieving the dream. It’s not like you have a fairy godmother who waves a magic wand, and POOF you are an International public speaker equipped with four white horses and a pair of glass slippers.
You must grow and become more than you are now and that growth comes from working through setbacks, heartaches, trial and error, more errors, feeling lost, learning, and continuing when you feel like quitting.
I stumbled across a video by Ira Glass on Storytelling and what he says in this video is EXACTLY how dreaming works.
So this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for discovering Ira Glass and his words on story telling. Underneath this video, I’ve changed his words to reflect what I would say to dreamers —
Nobody tells this to
people dreamers who are beginners, I wish someone told me.
All of us who
do creative work are dreamers, we get into it our dream because we have a strong vision good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you try make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.
But your strong calling
taste, the thing that got you into the (dream) game, is still killer.
And your strong vision
taste is why your (dream) work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit.
Most people I know who do interesting, creative (dream) work went through years of this. We know our (dream) work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this.
And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of (dream) work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one more step towards accomplishing your dream and getting better at it
It is only by going through a volume of (dream) work that you will close that gap, and your (dream) work will be as good as your dream vision
And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met.
It’s gonna take awhile (for your dreams to come true). It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through (all the crap that gets thrown your way).
Thank you Ira for putting into words what needs to be said to all dreamers seeking to make their dreams come true. Your words will inspire many dreamers to stick with their dream and carry on!
Sue Levy is the founder of the South African Just Pursue It Blog and Inspirational Women Initiative. She’s a motivational writer and media designer, who is obsessed with everything inspirational with a hint of geek. She thrives on teaching women how to be brave and take big chances on themselves. You can find Sue on her Twitter page @Sue_Levy.
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