I bet the first part of the title got your attention, didn’t it?! If for no other reason, you probably thought it was odd that I was writing about Justin Bieber. If you know who he is, and you are a guy, or over the age of 18, you may have already stopped reading (and that means I need to re-work my attention-getting strategies in this blog). If you don’t know who he is, then you either don’t keep up with pop music, you don’t know a young girl, or you live under a rock. But don’t worry. This blog really isn’t about Justin Bieber. It’s about what he represents.
For those of you who don’t know this young man (and are still reading), he is a pop singer who basically got discovered on Youtube and pretty much became an overnight sensation. After only a few short years, he is now a teen idol and an international phenomenon.
There are other such success stories, and we hear about them in the media…a lot. And this really stinks for average people. It sets the expectation that if your dream hasn’t come true in 6 months, then you are a loser and you might as well give up. Well, here’s my advice …
Don’t give up!!
Allow yourself to be a beginner.
Most dreams don’t come true overnight. I’ll use myself as an example. I know I have written about this before, but I have always had a deep desire to be a positive influence on the world, and to have my messages reach a large audience. Sure, I would love to be the next Oprah, but is it realistic? Maybe. Okay, probably not. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t still have my message reach a large audience in a different way. For years, I had always hoped to be an expert on a TV show like the Today Show. Well, about ten years after that dream was born, it came true in a smaller way. I have since become a regular expert on the TV show Living Dayton (not exactly like Matt Lauer interviewing me in New York, but hey, it’s a start). And now, I am writing articles for websites such as Livestrong.com, GlobalPost.com, and Synonym.com. In addition, I’m also going to be a video expert on ehow.com. I will be doing series of short, 2-4 minute videos that showcase my communication and relationship knowledge to help people. Ehow.com is even paying a professional film maker/producer to come do the shoot for me (yay! No iPhone videos for me anymore! LOL) The most exciting part is my messages have the potential to reach like 100 million people on that website (or something like that). Hey, I may not be Oprah, but I am still so excited!! But trust me, none of this happened overnight. It was a process. But guess what? My dreams are slowly coming true.
And so can yours.
I don’t care if you’re 10, 25, 50, 85 or 100 years old. You can still make progress towards your dreams. It might not be in the form your originally thought or hoped it would be, but you can still do it! As long as you are still breathing, you still have the time to do something.
So, I ask you…what is your dream? Maybe you don’t even remember. I challenge you to take some time to rediscover it, or even discover a new one. We all make our mark on the world in some way. Make sure you leave a good one. And don’t get discouraged.
I hope I have inspired you to DREAM BIG this week! Now, go out and conquer the world! :)
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