Alan Donegan: PopUp Business School Co-Founder, Entrepreneur, Financially Independent Pizza Lover, Marvel Movie fan and soon to be Script Writer
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I have loved watching these movies and it has left me with a dream of being involved, writing or creating something. If you've got a dream shouldn't you pursue it? Why don't more people follow their dreams?
The reality of dreams
I have always wondered why people don't follow their dreams. Is the reality of the dream not as exciting as the actual dream? It is:
Why don't more people follow their dreams? What's stopping them What stops you from following your dreams?
Why don't people follow their dreams
There are so many reasons/excuses that people don't follow their dreams. Here are the top 8 that I hear time and time again at PopUp events and in life.
1. Dreams are a risky business
I think one of the main reasons people don't follow their dreams is that it is seen as risky. If you go full out, quit your job and follow your dreams it is risky! What if it doesn't work? What if you fail? You could walk away from a good income and it could all go wrong! You might invest money and lose it all!!?!
2. Fear of failure
What if I go out there and give it my all and no one likes what I do? What if I sing my heart out and people tell me I can't sing? What if I write a book and everyone tells me it is dreadful? What if; what if ; what if?
Most people are petrified of failure and the consequences of it. I wrote a whole article to answer the question "How do you know if you will be successful" here.
3. Waiting for the right time
I am just waiting for the right time. I need the right situation to get going, I need to find the right investor, I need the right people, I need the right timing to come together before I launch. I think a lot of people are waiting for the right time...…..
4. There is an easier path
I have a cushy job, I earn reasonable money, things are comfortable. It is easier just to fall into a job and work (mindless yes) but it is safe and easy. Why rock the boat life is comfortable.
Comfort is the enemy of achievement
5. Not enough time
I just don't have time to do it. I have got a family, a full time job and I am just exhausted after work there just isn't time and even if there is time I am so tired in the evenings I just can't do it! Where do I find the time to make my dreams come true as well?
6. Get a job and follow the path
Follow your dreams? That isn't what society teaches us to do. You have to follow the path, get good grades, get a job, get a house and settle down. You don't take risks like that; what are you crazy? If you want to know more about this one I wrote a whole article about why people follow the standard plan society gave to them and how to do things differently.
7. Someone else has already done it
I thought about writing a movie but there are so many people doing that. I thought about building a business but I couldn't come up with an original idea and there are so many people doing it. I don't have any unique ideas.
8. I have missed the boat - It is not the right time
It is too late to launch a blog; there are already so many of them and I missed the best time to do it. I missed the boat for podcasts everyone is doing that now. I missed the golden period for launching a business it is so much harder and there is much more competition nowadays. I missed the right time to do it and it is too late for me......
There are so many reasons not to follow your dreams and make it happen and there is an answer to every reason that people have for not following their dreams. I have done it in the past, I have given excuse after excuse about why I can't do something. I have excused myself from following my dreams in the past.
Why you should follow your dreams
If you have a dream what is stopping you? What can you do about it? Do you really want to give it ago?
Some people like discussing the dream more than they do actually living it. one of my friends many years ago liked to talk about the book he was writing "edge of dreams". He was always on the edge of publishing it, always on the edge of launching the next big project but he never seemed to follow through. Don't live on the Edge of Dreams dive right into the middle and live them. Life is for living.
Here are the reasons why I think you should get out there and follow your dreams:
It is this thinking that has finally got me off the fence with some of my biggest ideas. This year I have launched my blog (yes the one you are reading) and I am going to Los Angeles to make my dream of being involved in the Movies come true! You can read about my trip to Los Angeles to write a movie script here
Following your dreams
Why am I writing this article?
Because in the middle of 2018 I had a realisation that I had been putting of following my dreams for years and that if I didn't get on with it now when would I? This article is as much for me as it is for you.
The thinking above has finally got me to take action and I am off to Los Angeles to write my movie script and I wanted to capture this thinking and share it with you to inspire you to have a go and make it happen!
Find a way to start - it is not all or nothing!
Following your dreams is not binary. What do I mean by that? It is not a One or a Zero it can be every shade in between. You don't have to give up your day job to do this! You don't have to flee the country like I am to make it happen. You can find a way to start small and make it happen.
There are so many ways to start small today:
Just start with me. I have been writing more on making dreams come true here
I would love you to leave me a comment and tell me what dream you are working on, What are you building? What are you creating? Have you started? Has this article given you some energy to have a go?
Write me a comment below and I would love to hear from you.