Often times, at the end of these daily growth hacks, I ask you to do a couple of simple things, a couple of calls to action to help you grow. One of those is to sign up for our newsletter. Now, if you have signed up for our newsletter, you know you get a series of emails from me directly. One of the things I do is I ask you a couple of questions. When people respond, and they do often, I take a lot of time to read those, reflect on them, and respond back.
A question I commonly get from people is,” When do I go after my dreams?” Now, it’s not always worded that way. I get that, but that’s really what people are asking. You see, often times, I don’t know about you, but it’s been true for me in my past is you look at something and you go, “Well, I want to go after that, but I need a little security. Maybe I need to make a little bit more money. Maybe it’s a little bit more time. Maybe it’s getting in a relationship, getting out of a relationship. Maybe it’s getting the right job. Then, I can go do something.” Whatever it is, there’s always that, “Then, I can.”
The questions come up, and it comes up often to me is, “When do I actually go after this dream I have? When do I go after the dream of being a filmmaker?”, or “When do I go after the dream of traveling the world?”, or “When do I go after my dream of trying something different?”, trying a career, being an artist, whatever it may be for you. The answer is today. Now. Now, is when you do it.
Now, all of us have different responsibilities. I have a family. I have a child. There are certain things to do. For me, I look at my base needs. What base needs do I have to make? Do I sell my camera? Do I sell the computer? Do I sell the microphone? Do I sell my car to allow me to go after my dreams? I certainly would if that was me in that position. I would make sure my family was taken care of. Now, if I was single, I was a bachelor, very low responsibilities, I can sleep on a friend’s couch, I would go after it right away.
Sometimes, you do it as a side, and build it up to it, but now is the time because, ironically, and sorry to say, but I also had a friend. An old friend texted me and asking about a problem that they had. Unfortunately, this particular friend lost their spouse, their partner suddenly, suddenly from an illness. It was in a matter of a week; their partner was gone.
Now, how many times have they dreamt of doing something together in the past? I hate to use them as an example, but I want to use them as a real-life example to drive this home to you. We don’t know what’s going on tomorrow, the next day, or next week. We’re not guaranteed anything but this moment, this moment and time together.
When do you go after your dreams? I say you do it now. I say you do it now, whether you have to get new skills, get an internship, work for free for a while. There’s so many people that undervalue the idea of getting experience. Sometimes, you have to hustle. Sometimes, that hustle is not getting paid. You work for free as an apprentice, as an intern, as somebody. You find a mentor. You just say, “Hey, how can I work with you? What can I do for you?” I’ve done it in the past where my early 20s where I couldn’t afford certain coaches, but I found ways to bring just massive value to them. In return, they just started to spend time with me, and I just was able to soak up all their wisdom.
That might be something you can do. If you want to be an aspiring artist, maybe it’s a painter, maybe that’s something you just want to do as part of your story that you want to live into. Well, why couldn’t you find somebody else that is a painter or grab your paintings and bring them to an art gallery, or a frame shop, and say, “Hey, look. People need frames. These are great displays.” Start off wherever you can.
Maybe you want to be a filmmaker, maybe a photographer, and you just don’t know where to start. Well, I can tell you most business owners need photographers and videographers, but it’s a mutual trade off. You need that experience. Work with them. Work for them for free or a very low dollar amount. There are tons of stories. Gary Vaynerchuk has DRock. A lot of other people do. They’ll say, “Hey, look.” In that scenario, that videographer took years to develop themselves working for free, sleeping on couches just to get secured in that position. Now, they’re living their dream.
If you start today, you’ll be able to live into it and live the Author of Your Own Story lifestyle. I hope this is helpful for you. As I said, I love the emails that are coming in. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, that’s because you’re not on the Author of Your Own Story newsletter. Go there right now and subscribe. It’s just one more thing to up level you and just to keep you in that conversation. I’m going to ask you to do something else. Share this with three people that you enjoy having conversations that matter with. Just three. Very simple and do that right now as well. The third and last thing I’m going to ask you to do is go inspire someone simply by living your dreams and living the Author of Your Own Story lifestyle. I’ll see you tomorrow.
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