Some of you might have noticed that my blogging has slowed down in recent times. From weekly, it went to fortnightly, to monthly and then stopped completely! Why is this so? A few reasons but the main one is I am working on my dream project - the one that motivated me to leave cushy corporate life and start the entrepreneur grind. To be honest it's tough. It's testing me. I'm working nights, weekends on holidays to push my dream from idea to reality and some things have to give. Blogging (which I love), time with friends and more. The question begs, is the dream worth it?
Three years ago I quit my job and thrust myself into no-certain-pay-cheque land. A scary but a thrilling ride. You don't have time to think, you just do. Scramble to profitability and keep on going. After a few years you have clients, processes, structure and (hopefully) profitability. But what about the dream? Have you left it behind because it's easier just to grow what you have? My belief is that if your dream is true to your heart, you can't let it go. It's always in the back of your mind. The clock is ticking and your in a hurry to get it out there to the world.
I have a dream. To be honest it's a bit challenging to share it, people might think I'm soft or think it's unrealistic. But here goes. I believe everyone has a purpose, unique skills and experience that makes them awesome at a particular career. The issue is big companies don't always allow this freedom of expression. Start ups are hard to get going and many fail. So how do you live a life of purpose and make a decent living. I want to solve this problem.
Many people believe in the same dream as I do. We are all working towards the same outcome. My small part in the process is to help people understand their greatness, assist them in building the assets they need to communicate that skill to the world and give them the confidence to pitch to the right people for what they really want. Practical skills that really work.
Those that know me would say I am already doing this in my consulting company Social Star. I do feel like I help people every day, but I can only help so many. Therefore, my dream is to automate my consulting process in an online app that can help anyone in the world. There are many people less fortunate than us who need support to rise up and be confident. They have skills, they work hard, they are good people. Sometimes they have environments that try to push them down, stop them becoming better and achieving more. It's time to change that. Give them the global opportunities that are out there. No longer can local borders contain individuals with access to a phone and wifi.
I have traveled extensively and met many people in this situation. My dream is to help them - all of them. The more they need help, the more I want to help them. Rich and successful people can help themselves or afford professional services. I'm in it for the poorest and least confident.
So be patient with me. If you haven't seen me for awhile now you know the reason why. I am trying to do something bigger than myself and it's taking a lot out of me. Is it worth it? I ask you the opposite question what else is more important than your dreams? When it's time to go, how could I look into my kids eyes and tell them I did my best if I only took the easy road.
Hang onto your dreams, they are worth it.
PS This post was inspired by a recent trip to the Philippines where I am working a new team lead by my mate Andrew Styles who is changing the lives of his staff. They were so grateful for my training they all started blogging on LinkedIn! How could I not. This one especially moved me by Loream.
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