It's only been a year since we pulled the trigger on making a dream become a reality. We went through this procedure, step by step, slowly taking moving in the right direction until we found a property and began paying bills.
Every dream requires steps in the right direction. Most steps will be taken in the dark & without a safety net. First, I had to accept the fact that I could fail. Only then could I let go and give it 100% of my effort. It was frightening.
I'm here to tell you that life is scary. But you are capable. If you ever want to pull the trigger on your dreams, I'd love to chat with you, advise you or just listen.
Many people find comfort in the known. I do it too sometimes. If you're ok at being exactly who you are - great! Most people aren't. Most people are leaving something on the table. When you do this, I promise, you will begin to find ways to compensate for what you left behind. Food, drink, alcohol, sex, drugs...
I believe we begin to seek satisfaction in this limited and short term form until it becomes such a habit that we can never turn away from it - we've identified with this. It's now who we are. So when things get uncomfortable we turn towards bad habits instead of good ones.
There are two wolves.
One represents all things bad; it represents anger, greed, envy, pity, arrogance, guilt, ego... The other wolf represents good; happiness, kindness, humility, empathy, generosity, compassion...
The wolves begin to fight.
Which one wins?
The wolf you feed.
Begin feeding the right wolf. Tell yourself you can and start taking action upon it. Don't know where to begin? Let's talk! I'd love to learn more and see if we can uncover it together.
I find it fascinating to hear about your goals and to learn about what you want in life. It was a hard topic for me to address because "what if I fail... will i then be a failure at the one thing I've known my whole life?" NO - it's never failure to take a shot. It is failure to quit or to have never started in the first place.
Once we figured out what we wanted to do, it was time to start thinking about how to do this. This process could literally take a lifetime, meaning, some people will actually spend their entire lives planning something, waiting for the perfect day to execute. That day will never come. There is no perfect condition. Your ducks will never be in a line. The best you can do is create a rough outline and continue to study and learn when you're not on your hustle.
You don't need to quit your day job or give your kids up for adoption to be able to find fulfillment through your passions. Similarly it does not mean that you should give up your dreams you have a family, a job or a test tomorrow.
You DO need to continue to learn and invest in what you love. Doing what you love will make you happier. You'll be able to give more to those around you because you find your life more fulfilling. Eventually, with enough deliberate practice, you'll be good enough to charge people for the skills and knowledge you've developed.
So, what do you love to do? What would you do if you didn't have to work all day? What do you get excited about for you. It's important that you're excited about it for the sake of IT, not anyone else's approval.
Tell me, I really want to know. That's why I loved recruiting – I got a chance to control a conversation about people's' dreams. Applicants told me about their passions, hobby projects and future aspirations. When you hear someone tell you about their passion project, you share a beautiful moment in time with that person. A moment reflective of a child's christmas morning. There's excitement, wonder and inspiration in their voice and in that moment you want nothing more than to see their dreams become reality.
So - what are your dreams? Why are they your dreams? What was the first moment you became inspired to go after this particular dream?