The word “Dream” sounds like such a vague and intangible thing that I feel people immediately judge upon if it is your Dream; it’s only a Dream. That comment of “it’s nice that you have a dream but it’s unreachable, but still keep that in mind to work towards, ok?” which isn’t 100% genuinely being taken seriously.
But real talk, what about all the synonymous words we say in the professional field?
What is the company’s vision?
What is the company’s goal?
What is the company’s north star?
If we say these terms in the corporate field, why can’t we turn the table without judgment, and have an open (and unjudged) conversation about us?
What is my vision?
What is my goal?
What is my north star?
What is my dream?
Whichever term you want to use, like “Dream,” it’s a metric term that encapsulates what the critical measure of success is for what you are trying to achieve in your life. The word used is an unwavering definition of its purpose, and in this case and for contextual purposes of this post, the clarity of what we “dream” is our set purpose that we seek to achieve for us to define as “success” in life.
Identifying your Dream begins with a clear definition of what you do and the core features and benefits you can provide with your skill sets that are enriched with your passion in life. At an age just shy of 30 years old, I have now been able to articulate with clarity what my Dream is from doing two things:
- Finding and understanding what my “ikigai” is
- Answering prompts through the “Artist of Life” workbook
Let me tell you a little bit about my Dream.
My dream is earning money to live a normal life that is defined by me. I want to wake up every day without pressure and able to do what I love. I want to be in a balanced place of my own where the money is an afterthought and not a driver that discourages me from making several detours.
My ultimate life goal is to be able to stay at home all the time and be my own boss. The ability as a millennial born into the age of the internet, to be able to leverage the internet for me to be a digital nomad where I can travel wherever but still apply my skills into my passion and work. I don’t want my life to be confined to a 9-5 routine, and life feels regulated daily. But most importantly, my dream also includes sharing this Dream life with someone and be happy.
Money isn’t everything. Boy, I have learned that lesson the hard way. It was a hard lesson, and a second lesson learned was that pursuing my dream is not for the faint heart as it is not always easy to stay committed and motivated throughout the journey.
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”– Earl Nightingale
In my 20s, I have devoted my life to the volatile, high-pressure advertising industry. And now, I am turning the chapter and dedicating my life to myself to help me see my dream to the very end.
My dream is a life made for me by me.
Welcome to my journey, and I hope we together won’t be phased by the discouraging voices around us, even from our own selves, and we steam right ahead to where we want to be because we can.
We will live each day with the honesty of our feelings and passion in life.
We will learn each day of the opportunities for improvement for the next day.
We will dream of having a life made for us by us.
A Life Made For You, By You.