Last week I wrote a post called “Part 1: I’m following my dreams, are you?” this is continuation of this previous post. It is very personal and is part of my TEDx Talk that I did two weeks ago in Bulgaria. Thanks a lot for all the comments and personal emails you send me. I hope it inspires you to follow your dreams!
[dropcap]I[/dropcap] was sitting at a small beach bar at Ton Sai Beach, one of my favorite places in Thailand. It was one of those weeks where I wasn’t sure where all this is going and when I just had to pay a massive bill without having had much income for a while when I met an old fisherman who was bartending at a bar where I was sitting. I talked to him in my limited Thai and he responded with a few words and sentences he knew in English, in between there was a lot of sign language. However, we were able to have an hour long conversation. One thing he said:
“If you are really passionate about something, success will come from alone.”
This was stuck with me for a few days. I wasn’t sure if this lifestyle was that sustainable. I wasn’t making much money with the blogging. It was costing me more than I was earning… Having studied international business I knew that this wasn’t a good thing but what was more important was that it made me happy and what is the value of happiness? You can’t put a number on happiness!
It´s probably human or at least very common to complain about things, people and situations without changing them.
When it comes to your dreams though and the career of your life you shouldn’t fall for the usual traps. Put aside fear for a second, and have the balls to pursue happiness, and with happiness fulfill your dreams. Why would you stop yourself from being happy and do a job that you hate, which leads to you hating yourself? The fear of not getting your dream job should outtake the fear of putting you out there to get it. Think about it, what would look more stupid: doing a job that everyone knows you hate or becoming a passionate rockstar with something that you Really, Really love?
I hear people say all the time “Someday I will also travel the world…”, “Someday I will own a ford Mustang”, “Someday I will write a book”, “Someday I will do this and that…”
The only problem is, that someday doesn’t exist in our calendar and life is short and it can come to an end so fast.
So if you have a dream that you’ve put aside, now is the time to fulfill that dream. Because you will never be as young as you are today.
If your dream is to start a start-up, Do it! If you want to write a book, do it! If you want to start a NGO, do it!
Everything that lights a fire in your heart is worth every cent and every drop of sweat that you will invest, because it fulfills you. Be a creator instead of a spectator and don’t be jealous of the people who “seem to have it.” Be one of them and do the things you like!
On my travels I learned a lot about different cultures, humanity and most importantly myself. The people that have nothing will give you everything they have. I remember this 7-year-old girl in Sieam Reap that was selling these bracelets. She was funny and I really liked her, I am really bad in saying no to people and I ended up buying about 10 of those bracelets. I asked her how much she could actually keep from this money and she said that she gets to keep 1/10 of the money she makes. Instead of giving her another $10 dollars I decided to pay a month of her school tuition. That moment of happiness and gratitude was life changing.
My dream is to inspire people to go out there and see the world with their own eyes and to make the world a better place. And I found blogging to be the perfect tool to fulfill my dreams.
Like the universe, your dreams have no limits. You are the creator of your dreams, big or small ones. When you understand this you are able to design a way to favor your plan and accomplish your end goal.
I wanted to work so bad for a marketing agency that when I got the job and was really good at it I realized that it didn’t make me that happy as I expected. I even got the offer to take over the management position with a decent salary. But instead of saying yes and accepting the security of having a good job that pays all the bills I said no. I finished my contract and since then I’m free dreaming big and trying to accomplish new goals. Life is all about development, reaching out for the stars and growing beyond your thoughts is actually possible, even though society tells you that it isn’t.
When I returned to Europe last year, I invested all my savings into my blog instead of going back to a marketing agency. It is much more work than it was being a marketing consultant but it fulfills me and makes me happy. I still consult businesses but only about the things I am really passionate about like traveling, blogging and social media. When you are passionate about a topic you will notice that work is so much more fun and you are automatically better in what you do and more credible because people will notice this excitement in your eyes.
My vision is to work from everywhere and to travel the world. My office fits in a backpack: A Laptop, an external harddrive and a smartphone. All I need is a decent internet connection and I’m good to go!
So I realized that life can end anytime. It doesn’t have to be your fault, it can end while crossing the street and somebody isn’t paying attention or by a coconut that falls down a tree. However, you gotta ask you the question how happy you are with your life and what you are doing? Have you truly lived or have you just followed expectations that have been put on yourself and have you really done the things that made you happy or have you put your dreams aside for others?
If everybody would actually follow their dreams, they would do something meaningful for themselves, which would lead to them being happier and more balanced, which automatically results in inspiring and making others happier as well. If everybody would follow their dreams, the world would be such a better place.
I challenge you, to find what your dreams are before you go to bed. And tomorrow start living a new life. Because we only have this one life and we should use every single second that we have on this beautiful planet.
In the last years I’ve been reading many books and watched some movies/series that helped me to identify and define my dreams:
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
The Ultimate Anti-Career Guide: The Inner Path to Finding Your Work in the World by Rick Jarow (expensive but worth the money)
The Secret (Extended Edition) by Rhonda Byrne