This article is a guide on how to follow your dreams
We always say things like “chase your dreams”, “believe in yourself” to ourselves and others around us. But when it comes to putting them to a practical use, most of us end up choosing the things which are exactly opposite to our tastes. It is true that life sometimes interjects and practical necessity takes over our emotions as a result of which we settle for something less than what we had expected. Some even end up doing a job that doesn’t match their taste in any way. However, there are some who never settle for less and break the trend by following their dreams. Believe or not, but there is also some science behind loving what you do. It just takes us the right place to put this passion in order to derive some meaning from it.
Yes, it is necessary to follow your dreams for a number of reasons:
1) To Experience the Wave of Happiness:
It has been rightly told by Eleanor Roosevelt that “happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” Now you may ask where lies science behind such a philosophical thought? Look nowhere else but here for the answer. Here, happiness is definitely an emotion that will be the result derived from doing what you love. This perfectly explains the scientific reason behind pursuing your dreams.
For instance, working in Microsoft was a dream you had been nurturing since your college days and finally when you secure a job in this MNC, you will definitely experience a wave of happiness that will make your life a happy abode.
2) To Make Life Meaningful and Worth Living:
“Stop existing and start living” – Michael Jackson sang this to us a thousand times in his song “Heal the World”. Didn’t he? Well, the science here is simple. If you pursue your passion and achieve your goal, you will actually live a life that will have more meaning attached to it. You will be able to look within yourself and understand in-depth about the drive within you that motivates you everyday towards your goal.
For instance, what would become of you as a software engineer when all you wanted to do was to complete your graduation in Literature? Think about it and feel the difference.
Most of the people give up on their dreams simply because it is not enough to provide for them and their family in the future. Is it? Yes, it is. But does that mean you will have to sacrifice on your dreams? The answer is NO. The intensity and meaning of dream might vary from individual to individual but every good dream is worth chasing. Again, the question that how much is my dream going to benefit me economically can have different answers for different individuals depending on the kind of dream they have. The solution here is to combine both passion and profession into one.
For instance, if you love writing, make your hobby into a profession and go ahead doing something in that field. Culmination of dream into profession might not always make you a billionaire but “being rich” wasn’t even your aim in the first place.
4) To Make Your Talent Shine:
Doing something which you love will always help you to progress further in that field, fetching you a bag full of accolades from your seniors or employers.
For instance, if you are excellent at communicating with others and marketing a product, your company will be benefited as a result of which you stand a chance for promotion and showcasing your talent. This will naturally make you fall more in love with the job which you already love.
5) Because No One is Going to Pursue Your Dream On Your Behalf:
It sounds funny. Isn’t it? It is quite obvious that no one other than you have the power and passion required to fulfill a dream that you have seen. Dreams might match but the depth and passion that every individual may attach even to a similar dream can again vary. So take the initiative and chase your dream while you let others around you chase theirs.
6) To Find a New You:
Following your dreams can transform you into a new person altogether-
- You will now experience things in a new way.
- You will find a new perspective of looking at things.
- You will feel more motivated.
- You will also inspire others to follow their dreams.
- You will wake up happy in the morning and go to bed every night with a feeling of satisfaction and gratitude.
- You will learn more and more as you progress.
7) To Take the Lead:
Once you master your dreams by exerting an absolute control over them, you will never hesitate from taking the initiative for anything after that. You will be more action driven and showcase the courage that you have within you rather than taking a step back or ignoring the situation altogether. In a way, you can make the impossible possible with your enthusiasm and vigour.
Thus like oxygen, water and food, living your dream by following them is of utmost importance. By doing so, not only you but even the others around you will remain happy because
Below is a list of people who never gave up on their dreams:
J.K. Rowling had just gotten a divorce, was on government aid, and could barely afford to feed her baby in 1994, just three years before the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, was published. Again, it was rejected dozens of times until finally Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, gave it a second chance after the CEO’s eight year-old daughter fell in love with it.
“Whatever money you might have, self-worth really lies in finding out what you do best.”
2) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah’s dealt with a lot throughout her public life—criticism about her weight, racism, intrusive questions about her sexuality, just to name a few—but she never let it get in the way of her ambition and drive. She persevered her way up through the ranks of television, from a local network anchor in Nashville to an international superstar and creator of her OWN network.
“You can either see yourself as a wave in the ocean or you can see yourself as the ocean.”
3) Walt Disney
Walt Disney was pretty young when he sold his first drawing (of a neighbor’s horse). Disney launched several unsuccessful animation companies before coming up with Mickey Mouse in 1928.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Right, he created Microsoft. Long before that, however, he was an amateur programmer who was passionate enough about computers that in the eighth grade, he managed to get excused from math class to design things like early video games.
“To win big, you sometimes need to take big risks.”
5) Jim Carrey
When Carrey was 14 years old, his father lost his job, and his family hit rough times. At age 15, Carrey performed his comedy routine onstage for the first time—in a suit his mom made him—and totally bombed, but he was undeterred. The next year, at 16, he quit school to focus on comedy full time.
“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”
Are you an avid reader and dreamer? Well combine both because here is a list of books that will inspire you to achieve your dreams:
1) You Only Have to Be Right Once by Randall Lane
2) Drive by Daniel. H. Pink
3) Good to Great by Jim Collins
4) Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a story by Richard Bach.
5) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
6) Someday My Prince Will Come: True Adventures of a Wannabe Princess by Jerramy Fine
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