And of course you can do too!
So this going to be a little philosophic but in the end we will come back to the internet / online thing. So wait for it or…don’t.
Actually this post is about doing, whining, living and changing. I usually don’t quote a lot of other people, but I’ll start with one of my favorite quotes ever. By the incredible Walt Disney:
“If you can dream it, you can do it”
Remember this one. It’s the important catch phrase of today.
We are the world
Who do you think of when thinking about the world? Who is responsible for changes? Sure…Barack Obama…other head of states? That’s way to abstract….so who’s deciding? Your parents? Your bosses?
A lot of us tend to think ‘it’s not me who changes things, it’s the others..’ or ‘what can I do?’. And that’s exactly where we should start to change something.
Real life example
Imagine this: You have a 9 – 5 job. Everything is ok. Not awesome, but could be worse. Going to work every day. Some people like that, some don’t. If you’re one of the guys who like that: perfect! If you’re one of the guys who don’t like it and dream of living at beaches, going backpacking and exploring the world…well…do it! As we all know by now: If you can dream it, you can do it.
And yes, that is not a metaphor or some strange story. That’s real life. And no, it is not the story of some famous internet guru or whatever…it is the story of…wait…me.
I had an 9 to 5 job, just quit it, am about to head to Spain in order to work as freelancing online marketing consultant and will leave for Thailand in September in order to teach at a college over there. Why? ’cause I wanted to. I needed a change. And there are two possibilites when you feel the need for a change: Whine and change something, don’t change something -> but then you don’t have any right to whine.
So what does this have to do with online / internet stuff?
It’s kinda obvious, don’t you think? Thx to the internet it is quite easy to change your life or at least to get inspired by others and make plans on how to change something. Surf sites, check out travel blogs, blogs where people talk about how they live their life. I don’t say you should copy any of those – but for getting inspiration the world wide web is a perfect place.
You can go your own way
Becoming a copycat of someone who already changed his live is, of course, not what ones aim should be. It’s always about yourself. What are your strength? What do you want to do? How can you achieve it?
And here is where one tip I took out of Randy Pausch’ last lecture comes into action: Aim for small goals. Define goals (wait, didn’t we just discuss this earlier? In my post about efficiency? Right! See how this follows us in every aspect of life?) and make them reachable. It’s not reasonable to aim for something like “being an austronaut” when you have to wear huge glasses. Aiming for “becoming weightless” sounds way more reasonable…
Same with the location-/ travel-thing. “Being away. Somewhere cool” is not enough. Make plans. What can you do to go away? “Teaching in Thailand for 6 months” – that’s a real plan. See where this is going? Real plans, that can be achieved. “Being a soccer pro” might be a good aim for a seven year old, but not for a 26 year old who is not playing in a soccer team at all.
Don’t stop dreaming
If you think by now I want you to stop dreaming, you are completely wrong. Dream big guys, dream big. If possible: Even bigger! But make sure that your big dreams can be achieved with small steps. Waiting for the lucky punch or the one world record jump might take to much time. The secret in achieving what you dream about is a mixture of dreaming and actually doing. And yeah, I know what I am talking about. I’ve been a dreamer for quite a long time or even the most time. Taking actions needs balls (yeah ladies, you know what I mean) because taking action can also lead to failure. This is where people start to stutter. Dreaming is easy, doing not because we (humans) are afraid to fail. And we always see reasons why we shouldn’t try, why it might be to hard to try…rules, laws, money-issues…But to quote Randy Pausch once more:
The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.
So if there is a brick wall in front of you….it is your chance to show how badly you want something. That is what makes the difference between a dreamer and somebody who lives his dream.
Ah and if you are expecting a tip about how to overcome brick walls, here is one: Define goals, make plans how small steps could bring you closer to overcome these walls…sí, se puede.
The cheesy end
Listen & remember Walt Disney.