Questions 8 & 9: What is your dream? AND Is that dream realistic?

My dream is to be understood and valued for what I feel is my best self. I want to be able to not think about money on a daily basis – though I find it deeply comforting to go through the actions of budgeting. I want to be happy and share that happiness with others. I want to have fun and I want to be self-reliant. I want to travel more and further. I want to try things that make great stories. And I want to believe in my ability to tell those stories well, to share compelling messages.

So, is that realistic?

I shudder when I read / hear / consider this question. This question, that is posed with all good intentions, is a dream killer. At what point in time has someone been asked this question and then responded enthusiastically: “No, it’s not realistic. Thank you for saving me from my foolishness. I will now put all of my passion into some more realistic pursuit, with vigor!”?

When I am asked this question, I may consider that the person asking is concerned about my well-being and wants me to have the security that they feel I need. However, I mostly just have the realization that they’re probably not the safest place for me to share my dreams. People asking this question aren’t usually suggesting that your goals are realistic. Just saying.

But know this: I will get my unicorn. And when I do, naysayers are not invited to my party.

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Note: I’ve started a practice for the rest of 2016. Each day I will respond to a (hopefully) thought-provoking question about the development of a purpose-driven career and life. And I’ll attempt to respond in just about exactly 100 words. Brevity, clarity and honesty are the goals.

Comments are welcome here or join my “Making My Dreams Jealous” Facebook group to participate in the daily discussion.

This post was inspired by 100 Essential Questions That Will Change Your Career Path (for the Better)

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