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It’s okay to have big dreams

Go ask a 6 year old what they want to be when they grow up.  They say things like; a veterinarian, a lawyer, a police man, a mommy, or President.

But go ask a 35 year old; I want health benefits, reliable income, security, great wages, safety, a decent house, stability and a shiny car.

The 6 year old wants to do something because it appeals to them even if they don’t know why.  Even with limited knowledge of the job or career they honor what that person does not what they get for it.

This is another excerpt from my first blog posted a while back, you can read the full post here.  I’d like to ask you; at what point do our dreams die?  At what point do we shift from having wide-eyed hope for the future to being down trodden about our prospects?

Just a minor setback


It might not be all that bad for all of us.  You’ve had dreams before and you’ve put them on hold.  What kind of excuses have you told yourself to justify not achieving your dreams?  Did you say that you can’t achieve your dreams because of the kids and they come first?  Maybe your spouse doesn’t agree?  Or maybe because you just don’t have enough hours in the day? Maybe you’re afraid it’ll fail.  (insert your own reason here)

If you have achieved your goals in life or are on your way to, congratulations.  You are the exception to the norm.  If you have not, what is holding you back? 

Find your passion and make a plan.  Rekindle that fire inside you that has been snuffed out by years of bad bosses, bad advice and the numbness that comes with the daily grind.

It’s okay to stumble along the way.  It’s not okay to stay down after you stumble.

  1. March 7, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Hi Matt,
    I wonder if the dreams don’t die they just get lost in the detours as life’s details pile up. I think your point is right on target — keep your dreams in the forefront of your mind. You are more likely to achieve them even when life gets complicated. In fact, you are more likely to simplify the mess of life if you have a dream to achieve.

    “Follow your dreams even through the detours.”


  2. March 7, 2011 at 9:38 am


    When I was a commander in the Army I did a little reading on the subject before I took command. The visual that still sticks with me today is this;

    You are a jar. It’s empty. Things will need to fill that jar. Either you can fill it or someone else will fill that jar. Make sure you put your own plans in the jar first.

    Our own plans are Big Rocks. Stuff them into the jar first. Then let the other things, the pebbles of your daily life, fill in around the big rocks.

    If you don’t put your own Big Rocks in first, you’ll never be able to fit them in when the pebbles are allowed to fill up the jar first.


    • ChrisT
      March 7, 2011 at 9:43 am

      Great analogy!

  3. March 7, 2011 at 10:02 am

    It works!

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