Do you remember what you aspired to be when you were a kid? Perhaps a firefighter? Are you a baker? Are you a ballerina? Whether you still have childhood dreams of twirling around in a pink tutu or rushing off to put out a house fire, you probably have an idea of what you want to do with your life. BUT, are you doing it? Are you working on it? Or have you given up on your dreams because of the stresses of everyday life?
Pursuing your dreams has numerous advantages! Here are some of the reasons why you should never give up on your dreams:
1. Failure to succeed
This word appears to be counter-intuitive in terms of reasons not to give up on your dreams, but failure is more beneficial than you might think. Most people avoid pursuing their dreams because they are afraid of failing. They have no idea that this is one of the most important ways we learn and grow!
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Many famous and successful Americans had to fail repeatedly in order to achieve their goals in life. Abraham Lincoln initially failed in war, business, law, and even politics. He persisted and eventually became President of the United States. Thomas Edison's teachers mocked him as “stupid,” and he was fired several times before “failing” 1000 times to invent the lightbulb. Michael Jordan was kicked off his high school basketball team. Later, he stated,
- “In my career, I've missed over 9000 shots.
- I've lost nearly 300 games.
- twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot… and failed miserably.
- In my life, I've failed time and time again. That is why I am successful.
If we can take anything away from these successful men, it is to never give up on our dreams simply because we are afraid of failing.
With failure comes perseverance. Persistence is a skill that can only be acquired through adversity. You can't learn how to get back up if you never fall. Every time we get back up and persevere, we become a little bit stronger and more capable of achieving our ultimate goals.
3. It is preferable to try and fail than to wonder what could have been
Have you ever wished you hadn't tried something in your life? Maybe it was a tryout for the school play. Alternatively, you could ask that special someone out on a date. That feeling of wondering what could have been can gnaw at you even years later.
How do you avoid feeling remorse? By attempting. You don't have to do anything big, but sitting down and making a plan with small steps to achieve your goals will get you started in the right direction. You will gradually carve a path toward your objectives.
4. Achievements along the way
If your dreams are big enough, you will have success stepping stones along the way. Small accomplishments that can be both celebrated and derided. These small victories will help you get to the next goal, and your dreams will come true sooner or later.
5. The chase
The pursuit provides many valuable experiences. There's a reason why the pursuit of happiness is written into the constitution. Memories, friendships, skills, life lessons, and love are all important. Life, in a nutshell, is what happens when we work towards a goal. We might meet our soulmate if we apply to that seemingly out-of-reach college. We might meet a best friend or mentor while looking for that promotion. We might get to travel the world if we join that team. To appreciate the pursuit, we must pursue our dreams!
6. Often, success is just around the corner
If you only knew how close you were! If only you knew how much of an impact one more phone call, one more interview, and one more late night working on your passions would have. We frequently give up far too soon. We don't know what the future holds for us, but we can keep working towards our goals.
7. Setting a good example
Finally, if you have children (or plan to have children in the future), you will be setting a good example. Do we want our children to remember how comfortable we were sitting on our couch watching sitcoms, or do we want to be remembered for our zest for life? Hopefully, we will be able to demonstrate to future generations what it means to pursue our dreams. Most importantly, in Winston Churchill's words,
“Never, Never, Never, Never, Never, Never, Never, Never, Never, Never, Never
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