The world is full of discouragement and perceived limitations. We are constantly bombarded with ideas and lies that tell us that we can’t do things, or change the way things are. We all too easily give up on dreams because we can’t see the direct path to achieving them. If there is anything I’ve learned so far, it’s that life is rarely predictable, and often the best achievements are made from simply taking a first step, even if you don’t know how, when or where the second step will be taken. People too often seem to base their decisions to try for something on whether they can see the whole plan and picture right from the beginning. It rarely works that way, and almost never goes the way we expect even when we think we know how everything will turn out.
The point is to go for opportunities, or create opportunities, even if you don’t have all the answers right up front. As long as it is not a safety hazard to not know something right now, then just take a chance and see where it leads. Also, safety aside, consider that most things worth achieving do involve some element of risk, whether it is personal risk, financial, reputation, or whatever. The real question is, would the realization of your dreams be worth that risk? In my case, the answer is yes! Roll with the punches, I guarantee that there will be times when we trip, fall and fail along the way, but those are necessary steps to reaching the worthwhile destination. Learn and grow!
That said, as I mentioned in a previous blog post, opportunities come from people. If people don’t want to be around you, or can’t trust you, it will be hard to find opportunities to move forward toward your dreams, unless your dream is to be a hermit of course. Be trustworthy! Work on how you present yourself, and care about others. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Maybe you’ve heard that before. It’s true. Ask people how you can help them. Show people that you want to help them succeed as well and they will likely want to help you succeed also. Create habits that make you dependable and be willing to work hard. Have integrity, and even though it may not seem like it is rewarding at first, in the long run it will pay off. There is not likely any successful business person or authority that would entrust any substantial level of responsibility, resources or power to someone who is not dependable or trustworthy. They need to know that the person to whom they are presenting the opportunity has the best interests of the people and company they are helping.
For anyone who may be aspiring entrepreneurs, who wish to be their own boss or the one in charge, it is essential to be trustworthy and dependable. Without that kind of discipline and desire to help others, people will not trust you enough to give you their business. It’s really pretty simple. Dreams require opportunities, opportunities come from people, people like to be around other people who care about them and their welfare. Essentially, helping others is the best way to help yourself. Don’t listen to the lies that say you can’t achieve your dreams, don’t let your circumstances control your destiny, and don’t underestimate the power of teamwork. We were never meant to go through life alone, so don’t think you have to achieve your dreams alone either. Help someone else achieve their dreams and welcome, even ask for help achieving yours as well. A single thread is weak, but a cord of three strands is not easily broken.
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