Can I ask a serious question? When did being a “dreamer” become a bad thing? Think about it. As kids, we’re taught to dream big. The sky is the limit. “Follow your dreams,” people said. But as we grew older, the encouragement to follow our dreams lessens as the pressure to conform increases. What changed?
The fact is, following your dreams as a child or young professional, when the stakes are low, is easy. But as our career advances we start protecting what we have achieved. We become defensive. We buy into the idea that resources are scare and life needs to be a dogfight. It doesn’t.
In spite of what cynics will tell you, “dream” is not a dirty word. To dream doesn’t mean you live in a fantasy world. It means you refuse to give up the autonomy of your life. When the stakes are high, bills are piling up and your office starts to resemble The Hunger Games, that’s when dreaming is more important than ever. Dreaming is not a fantasy. It’s the mandatory first step toward a new reality. Your dreams got you here. They will get you there too.