George Pallon said, "Fight for something rather than live for nothing."
Have you ever thought why many people don't come too close to achieving their dreams?
It's simple, they don't fight for it. Harry Style author of Dare to Dream has something to say about this. He said, "A dream is a dream until you make it real."
Too many people stuck at wishful thinking, they dream big dreams, writing ambitious and audacious goals but they can't even make any single step achieving it.
Our minds are powerful. It has been the master behind the many successes of successful people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. Imagine, your idea has the potential to change the world!
But these people doesn't stop until their ideas become a reality. Bill Gates dreamed of seeing computers in classrooms. Mark Zuckerberg who once dreamed of connecting Harvard Students together then he expanded it to the world. They fight for it.
We know how many adversaries they have faced before they become successful.
That's where many people failed. They keep dreaming. They couldn't see how their dreams will make an impact on the lives of others, or perhaps they dream selfish dreams.
How would you know if your dreams are selfish?
- First, you think only of yourself.
- Second, it's not going to make an impact on the lives of other people.
Why don't people fight for their dreams?
- Lack of vision.
"Where there is no vision the people perish.." - Proverbs 29:18
God hates people who are lazy, those who doesn't have a vision. The writer of psalms and proverbs even called them foolish.
In the Bible, I learned that every good king Israel has, they forgot to pass the vision to their children. King Hezekiah would be a great example when God told him he's going to die, and he needs to set his house in order.
The king pleaded with God to extend his life, God did it but Hezekiah entirely forgot to pass the baton to his son. He forgot to teach his son the laws and his wisdom.
Are you at the crossroads of choosing which course to take in college? Choose what you really wanted to become in the future and what do you really love to do.
I've known many students regretted their decision and chose to shift courses or worst figuring out what will fit for them. In the end, they didn't finish anything.
You are the only one who can know what you really want, don't let others dictate you who you want to become. You have the vision and sometimes you have to fight alone.
People will regard you badly for your vision. Sometimes they will accuse you of social climbing when you try to network with people and build relationships with them. Here's a great story to illustrate that.
One day in the jungle, a wolf was hunting for his dinner. Then he saw rabbit jumping around the area. Wolf tried to catch him but rabbit jumps quickly as he can.
Wolf pissed off when he was not able to catch the rabbit. He cried out, "aw oooooh". A group of wolves heard him and did the same.
Still, wolf running from jungle to jungle. Other wolfs started to follow him. He was having followers now.
But when they saw rabbit was going to jump from the cliff, other wolf started to quit. They said to the wolf that rabbit is not worth it. They accused him of getting the advantage of them. Stop hunting after it. He's not going to catch the rabbit.
But wolf made a jump that he was able to catch and made the rabbit his dinner and share it with others. The End.
Like the wolf, his friends or relatives might not see the way he's going to make rabbit his dinner.
Just like you, some people will follow you for some time when they see your idea is good, but after that, they will accuse you. They will not see your dreams the way you see it. it's only you can see that.
Wolf has the vision, his going to have a dinner. The other wolves did not, they only follow him to have a share of the meat.
When you achieve your dreams, don't keep it to yourself. Share it and teach it to others.
- Lack of self-esteem.
Many people lack self-confidence about themselves. When you are not sure of yourself, more likely you'll end up insecure.
I remember when my mentor told me that if I want to become an author, I should start telling myself that I'm an author.
That's why the moment I joined Toastmasters, I didn't call myself a toastmaster. I called myself a public speaker.
There's power in self-affirmation. It's like a self-fulfilling prophecy. Napoleon Hill said, "Whatever the mind can conceive, it can achieve."
The writer of proverbs also said in Proverbs 23:7 AMP, "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he [in behavior—one who manipulates]."
Wolf didn't fear he might fall off from the cliff if he continue and that's courage.
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I fear public speaking. I am thankful that I have mentors and the community who knows what I am going through. They taught me how to manage my fear in stage and talking with people.
- Fear of failure.
Going back to the wolf story, the wolf didn't fear failure. He knows he's going to fall off the cliff if he failed What now? It's only a cliff, there's a lake underneath, he's still alive when that happens.
The lake was never mentioned in the story and yet I included that.
Most of the time fear operates in a way like that. We are the one who created the fear. We are creating the worst possible outcome even it didn't happen yet.
Last week, it was my first time to join a public speaking contest. I was nervous, what if I failed I said. But I've been reminded that it's okay to fail rather than doing nothing at all.
I created a result which was not yet even existed. That's what fear is even called False Evidence Appearing Real.
After the contest, surprisingly I won the third place in the impromptu speech contest.
It is true that what you really want is on the other side of the fear. Only if you have the courage to get out your comfort zone and conquer that fear.
Early this morning, I watched another Jackie Chan movie. He is one of my favorite actors. And one thing I noticed in his movies was, he dares himself to do it.
Whenever he has a fight scene, you're going to see a bloodshed and a very intense battle. The one who surrenders first will lose the fight. Quitters never win, you have to fight whatever it takes.
That's what your dreams are for. Grind all the way you can and fight for it. Silence your fears, stop listening to your naysayers.
Keep in mind that hurt people hurt people. When people see you helping the poor, they will call you fake. When people will see you building network and relationship with people who think the same as you are, they will call you the social climber. The world has enough of negative minded people, be the salt and the light.
And remember that successful people don't end being successful. They help others to become like them. They share what they learned sometimes for free and sometimes for a fee.
And when it has a fee, only serious people who will take it. The reason why most successful people requires other people to pay for a learning fee is because they want only to cater people who are committed to becoming successful whatever it takes.
And I am grateful to know people like them. I met a friend who was even a student and he's now saving up just to be able to attend that seminar.
Don't let your dreams stay only as a dream. Fight for it. Our heroes once dream of having the freedom from our oppressors, they fought and risked their lives for the freedom we enjoy right now.
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