“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” ~ Henry Ford
When I was driving yesterday, I have these questions in my mind and I would like you to think about it too. There are simple questions but it may give you big perspective in the answer you find. Here are the questions.
- What do you think would happen if Susan Boyle decides to continue her sleep on freezing morning and skip her British Got Talent audition?
- What do you think would happen if J.K Rowling decides to sleep while waiting for her delayed train?
- What do you think would happen if Stephanie Meyer decides the dream she dream in her sleep is just a dream, so don’t bother to write about it?
- What do you think would happen if Thomas Edison decides to stop experimenting because he fails many times?
Pursue Your Best Dream.
Susan Boyle struggled with her thoughts whether she should go for the audition or not. Her relatives advised her not too and claimed she will be booed. The weather was so cold and people in the area still under their blankets. She however, decided to go. Despite of taking wrong bus and waiting for her audition slot that took entire day, she carry on doing what she do best – Singing.
Susan Boyle knows her calling. She knows what she great at. She goes to the audition not because everybody else goes. She goes because she wants to do what she do best, singing. She knows her strength (her voice) and she overcome her weaknesses by believe in her strength. She is now a singer with 8 millions record sold.
Imagination Is Power.
J.K Rowling didn’t spend her four hours waiting for delayed train complaining or sleeping. Instead, she spends that hours playing with her imagination.
“I really don’t know where the idea came from. It started with Harry, then all these characters and situations came flooding into my head.” – J.K Rowling
She imagines one character and others came along naturally. She didn’t even write it down. She gets the imagination clear in her mind. She wrote about it when she reached her apartment and she wrote it immediately.
Despite of her poverty and living on state welfare, she never underestimates her imagination and her calling to be a writer. She put that two elements into action and she is now ranked as the 12th richest woman in Great Britain with net worth estimated US 1 billion by Forbes.
Action! Action! Action!
Stephanie Meyer dreamed about a girl and a vampire. She felt the dream so real and it got into her emotion. She did lie down for a moment to think about the dream but this is what she did next, she put her dream in words. She keeps the dreams in motion by writing about it.
“Though I had a million things to do, I stayed in bed, thinking about the dream. Unwillingly, I eventually got up and did the immediate necessities, and then put everything that I possibly could on the back burner and sat down at the computer to write—something I hadn’t done in so long that I wondered why I was bothering.” – Stephanie Meyer
3 months later, she completed the first book – Twilight. Despite of being rejected by nine publishers, she finally got her deal signed on the same year. She is now worth $125 million and her book has sold 100 million copies worldwide.
Success Lies In Your Failures
The best person to represent failure is Thomas Edison. He failed thousands times. Some said six thousands and some said ten thousand times. No matter what was the number, he failed. Does he stop experimenting? No. Does he stop inventing electric light bulb? No. He kept going. His failure doesn’t fail him. His determination ensures every failure he made give him new way to achieve result. Does he fail forever? No because we are now enjoying his invention – The light bulb.
Here the Four key factors everyone needs in order to make their dream come true.
First you must know your passion and calling. What are you good at? What do you love? Many people pick to be somebody else instead of doing what they do best. When they choose to be somebody else, they have no love in what they are doing. That will lead to dead-end road.
Once you know your passion, give your best positive imagination on it. Imaginations are a blueprint. God doesn’t give us a brain that works a mind for no reason. Imagine what you want from your passion. Don’t give negative thoughts a chance to tell you that your imagination is a false reality. Yes Harry Potter is a creation but does Harry Potter Series give false reality to J.K Rowling? You know the answer.
Three, “Ideation without execution is nothing but illusion” – Robin Sharma. This is the part where most people choose not to pursue their dreams because it makes them move out from their so-called comfort zone. Put your ideas into action. Keep on moving. When you create a momentum, there will be results. Stephanie Meyer could just ignore the dream, after all it just a dream. But she decided otherwise. Remember this: What’s motion stays motion. Keep on making action!
Four, setbacks and failure is going to be part of your journey. If Thomas Edison chooses to stop inventing because he failed thousand times, he still goes to fail in others sector. Face the fact, failures are everywhere in our lives. The only different is, when you pursue your dream, your failure looks more obvious than those who fail without dream. So which one is better? Fails when pursuing your passions and dreams or fails because you have no dreams to live?