We have all heard a success story – probably many – of people who follow their dreams and make things happen. In this inspirational TEDTalk Bel Pesce, author of 3 books, TED Fellow and one of the “100 most influential people of Brazil” as named by Época Magazine, tells us exactly what we need to do if we do not want to do this.
- Believe in overnight success
No matter what you hear, there is always a back story to the person who has recently become an ‘overnight success’. It is likely that they have been working on this project, or similar other, long before their breakthrough happened.
- Believe someone else has the answer for you
It is easy to look up to others for the answer as most likely, everyone else in your life has an opinion. This is YOUR dream and you need to take the necessary decisions. Making mistakes is part of the process.
- Decide to settle when growth is guaranteed
When everything in your business (or life) is going well, this is the time to push even harder, to find your next peak or goal.
By merely settling, things will only be ‘ok’ and as Bel says, ‘ok is never ok’. She gives the example of releasing her second book; Already having written one book guarantees at least some sales of a second, but this is not good enough. Instead Bel visited every state of Brazil to promote it, bringing about better sales.
- Believing the fault is someone else’s
Absolving yourself of responsibility ensures failure of your dreams.
“No-one invested in my idea.”
“The market is bad.”
“We can’t find good talent for the team.”
It is your responsibility to make your dreams happen. Of course you will not achieve your dreams on your own, but you alone need to be responsible for it.
- Believe that the only things that matter are the dreams themselves
“Achieving a dream is a momentary sensation, and your life is not,” explains Bel.
She believes this to be the most important point of all. Realising your goal and reaching your peak is great, but it is just a part of the journey. She stresses that life is not about the goal itself and that we should enjoy every step of the journey, even the ones where we trip and fall.
Have a listen to Bel in her TEDtalk “5 ways to kill your dreams” and get inspired to achieve your own.
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