This is for the person who's considered dropping out of college to start a company, for the working mother who wants more time with her kids, for the young philanthropist who longs for Africa, or the dreamer who hates their job and feels called to something greater. This post is for you.  

The phrase “Punch Fear in the Face” comes from my friend's New York  Times Bestselling book,  Start. The author Jon Acuff, just spent the past few days with me at my cabin. He inspired me to write this.

Over the past 10 years, I've launched 7 companies. Everything from a rock climbing gym and a conference organization to a branding agency and my most recent venture, Sevenly. Additionally, I've wrote a book, I'm working on another, I've spoke a conferences around the world, and I've even found time to feed a million readers per month here on my blog. I've been poor, nervous, wealthy, and everything in between.

But one thing has stayed consistent. Fear.

Fear is crippling and it steals our dreams from under us. It's a heavy voice in our minds whispering why we don't deserve better, why we will fail, and how our ideas are impossible. But fear is wrong.

Now I could write pages on this topic, but here's the short. The core of the core that has allowed me to push through the fear. To turn my dreams into a career. To give me the freedom to control my time and build a life of excitement, adventure, and purpose. It's not about money. It's not about education. It's about smart, calculated action.

Here's My 3 Steps for Turning Your Dreams Into a Career.

1. Scratch Your Own Itch: This is a bit of a pre-cursor. Whatever your dream may be, you must start with familiarity. A dream must come from deep within. A fix to a problem you've experienced. The fulfillment of a need which is being ignored. Ultimately, a dream that's “career worthy” provides a solution for a better way.

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If you're dream is to be a chef but you don't cook, you might be on the wrong path. If you want to launch a charity but you don't support other non-profits, you still have work to do. If you want to develop a t-shirt company but know nothing about garments or screen printing, it's time to research before calling it a “dream”.

2. Start Small, Start Today: Procrastination kills more dreams than failure ever will. I've seen too many friends buy domains and create twitter handles to only watch them die in their idea graveyard. Turning a dream into a career takes consistent small advances. Start with paper. No great idea was ever created without a transfer from mind to paper. Then move to conversation. Share it with anybody who will listen. Let your mind hear the proclamation and begin to more thoroughly shape your concept.

Next, set a date. Buy your first batch of yarn. Launch your first blog post. Get your products on Etsy. Buy a plane ticket. Whatever it is, set a date and do it. You only have one life. Mistakes are proof that you're trying and you'll never regret chasing your dreams – even if it doesn't work out.

3. Take a Leap, But Build a Net: I was so afraid when launching Sevenly, I sat down and listed every person I knew who I could turn to for a job if it failed and everything fell apart. I folded up the paper with that scribbled list and placed it in the drawer of my desk so I could move forward with boldness. Even today, with millions of dollars in annual revenue, I still pull that list out after a tough afternoon and say to myself, “If this doesn’t work out, I’ve got ideas and options. So I might as well be brave today.”

Be bold, be drastic, be crazy, but be smart. Build a financial cushion and define your back-up plan. Remember, walking a tight rope without a safety net is exponentially more dangerous.

What's your dream? What's holding you back?

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182 thoughts on “Punch Fear In The Face: 3 Steps For Turning A Dream Into A Career

  1. Maya Dimas says:

    I began reading that book 30 minutes ago, then I received this email in my inbox! The one thing stopping me from starting an ecommerce company for the past year has been fear. Guess the start is now..

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Haha coincidence? I think not! The hardest step is always the first one. You can do it 🙂

  2. Maya Dimas says:

    I began reading that book 30 minutes ago, then I received this email in my inbox! The one thing stopping me from starting an ecommerce company for the past year has been fear. Guess the start is now..

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Haha coincidence? I think not! The hardest step is always the first one. You can do it 🙂

  3. Theresa McCabe says:

    I have big dreams! I am The Energy Diva and I want to make a career out of sharing my voice and positive energy across the nation and the world! I am an energy healer and an energy dealer, and I am the positive shift in energy that I wish to see in the world 🙂

  4. Theresa McCabe says:

    I have big dreams! I am The Energy Diva and I want to make a career out of sharing my voice and positive energy across the nation and the world! I am an energy healer and an energy dealer, and I am the positive shift in energy that I wish to see in the world 🙂

  5. Carrie says:

    I’ve already launched a youth sports injury prevention business recently, but I have several different avenues I need to take it to make it even more successful. I’m just terrified of cutting back on my fulltime job hours to dedicate to my business. I know what I need to do, just reluctant to do it. The business would benefit so many. I need to take the big step.

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Definitely. I truly believe the biggest risk is not to risk anything at all. And that the first step is the hardest! You’ll never look back once you do – it’s amazing.

  6. Carrie says:

    I’ve already launched a youth sports injury prevention business recently, but I have several different avenues I need to take it to make it even more successful. I’m just terrified of cutting back on my fulltime job hours to dedicate to my business. I know what I need to do, just reluctant to do it. The business would benefit so many. I need to take the big step.

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Definitely. I truly believe the biggest risk is not to risk anything at all. And that the first step is the hardest! You’ll never look back once you do – it’s amazing.

  7. mia says:

    Hi there, i found u on instagram. well, my dream is being able to have my own handmade cards n crafts shop/online. i’ve been keeping this dream since high school. i create cards ocassionally for my family members but never exposed myself about what i’m doing.

  8. mia says:

    Hi there, i found u on instagram. well, my dream is being able to have my own handmade cards n crafts shop/online. i’ve been keeping this dream since high school. i create cards ocassionally for my family members but never exposed myself about what i’m doing.

  9. Shelby says:

    Hey there! My dream is to be have a missionary family. However, I haven’t even finished college yet and the end feels very far away. Thank you for your inspiration!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Shelby, I completely understand how far our dreams can feel. Sometimes I still feel that way, believe it or not! But please don’t settle for anything less than what your heart longs for — your desires are there for a reason. 🙂

  10. Shelby says:

    Hey there! My dream is to be have a missionary family. However, I haven’t even finished college yet and the end feels very far away. Thank you for your inspiration!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Shelby, I completely understand how far our dreams can feel. Sometimes I still feel that way, believe it or not! But please don’t settle for anything less than what your heart longs for — your desires are there for a reason. 🙂

  11. Anita says:

    My dream is to study and help people. Fear also is holding me back but I am now inspired by this article to go forward. Thank you so much.

  12. Anita says:

    My dream is to study and help people. Fear also is holding me back but I am now inspired by this article to go forward. Thank you so much.

  13. Fines fitness says:

    My dream is to start a fitness company that allows people to get away from the sales pit that is personal training. I want to create an easier way for people to make lifestyle changes with a professional who is ready to help! @finesfitness

  14. Fines fitness says:

    My dream is to start a fitness company that allows people to get away from the sales pit that is personal training. I want to create an easier way for people to make lifestyle changes with a professional who is ready to help! @finesfitness

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Sarah, I love that you’re passionate about so many things. That is definitely not a bad characteristic! Over time, the things you’re MOST passionate about will reveal themselves to you — just keep your eyes peeled. For me, I prayed for God to reveal His purpose to me, and went through a lot of trial and error. We’re all in this together. 🙂

      • Sarah says:

        It’s not bad, just makes it hard to focus and leads to a lot of trying and a whole lot of errors haha. I think you’re right though, that leaving myself open to God’s direction will help clarify what it is exactly. I just need to work on listening and patience I suppose.

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Sarah, I love that you’re passionate about so many things. That is definitely not a bad characteristic! Over time, the things you’re MOST passionate about will reveal themselves to you — just keep your eyes peeled. For me, I prayed for God to reveal His purpose to me, and went through a lot of trial and error. We’re all in this together. 🙂

      • Sarah says:

        It’s not bad, just makes it hard to focus and leads to a lot of trying and a whole lot of errors haha. I think you’re right though, that leaving myself open to God’s direction will help clarify what it is exactly. I just need to work on listening and patience I suppose.

  15. Brittany says:

    I’m in the process of building my dream, to own and creatively direct and event planning business!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Brittany, I love hearing that you are right in the middle of making your dreams come true. Thank you for sharing!

  16. Brittany says:

    I’m in the process of building my dream, to own and creatively direct and event planning business!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Brittany, I love hearing that you are right in the middle of making your dreams come true. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Laura Scott says:

    My ultimate dream is to have a photography art studio with a store front that sells handmade goods. I’ve been doing photography for over 10 years & started an online shop a few years ago. I just can’t seem to figure out how to get it all to the next level. I’m not even sure what’s been holding me back.

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Jump in with both feet Laura, and don’t look back! You’ll be so happy you did, and you’ll wonder why you ever hesitated in the first place. 🙂 Handmade goods and photography are all the rage right now too, so you have a great chance of being successful right off the bat. 😉

    • Erica Elliott says:

      Laura,
      Your dream sounds really similar to mine! I am an artist that paints photography backdrops (and other art) and my dream is to own an art studio that photographers can rent time and use my backdrops. I’d love for the studio to sell handmade goods too! I know what’s holding me back from the next level….$$$!! I am sure if I keep focused on the little steps each day, that my business will grow and one day I will reach my dream! I am such a big picture dreamer, that I have trouble with breaking it down to the little steps along the way. Plus, I am a stay at home mom, so my attention is also focused on my children.

  18. Laura Scott says:

    My ultimate dream is to have a photography art studio with a store front that sells handmade goods. I’ve been doing photography for over 10 years & started an online shop a few years ago. I just can’t seem to figure out how to get it all to the next level. I’m not even sure what’s been holding me back.

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Jump in with both feet Laura, and don’t look back! You’ll be so happy you did, and you’ll wonder why you ever hesitated in the first place. 🙂 Handmade goods and photography are all the rage right now too, so you have a great chance of being successful right off the bat. 😉

    • Erica Elliott says:

      Laura,
      Your dream sounds really similar to mine! I am an artist that paints photography backdrops (and other art) and my dream is to own an art studio that photographers can rent time and use my backdrops. I’d love for the studio to sell handmade goods too! I know what’s holding me back from the next level….$$$!! I am sure if I keep focused on the little steps each day, that my business will grow and one day I will reach my dream! I am such a big picture dreamer, that I have trouble with breaking it down to the little steps along the way. Plus, I am a stay at home mom, so my attention is also focused on my children.

  19. Caroline says:

    My dream has been to create the most amazing inspirational travel blog! I bought the domain and host and never went forward! I am chasing my dreams of being an international reporter and just moved thousands of miles away from home, however I still don’t feel fully complete even though I am giving it my all!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Caroline, it all sounds like it’s still very new. I would give it time so you can settle in! Chasing your dreams is not going to be easy, and much of it will not be comfortable. But once you settle in, your joy will be overflowing and your purpose will be clear. Don’t give up! Someone somewhere is counting on you 🙂

  20. Caroline says:

    My dream has been to create the most amazing inspirational travel blog! I bought the domain and host and never went forward! I am chasing my dreams of being an international reporter and just moved thousands of miles away from home, however I still don’t feel fully complete even though I am giving it my all!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Caroline, it all sounds like it’s still very new. I would give it time so you can settle in! Chasing your dreams is not going to be easy, and much of it will not be comfortable. But once you settle in, your joy will be overflowing and your purpose will be clear. Don’t give up! Someone somewhere is counting on you 🙂

  21. Wolfgang Chimera says:

    My dream is to become an animator. I’m actually sitting in my animation class while typing this lol. I’ve got goals to fully launch my blog this summer with my work and advice for other artists and students in college. I need to make a back up plan,but I am very persistent, my fear and procrastination just gets in the way sometimes. But this article helped me alot so thanks for your words of wisdom lol 🙂 .

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Thank you for sharing, Wolfgang! I used to daydream in class too 😉 My honest advice would be to get rid of your backup plan. Jump in, both feet, and don’t look back. Your brain will figure out a way to make things happen if it’s the only option you’ve got!

  22. Wolfgang Chimera says:

    My dream is to become an animator. I’m actually sitting in my animation class while typing this lol. I’ve got goals to fully launch my blog this summer with my work and advice for other artists and students in college. I need to make a back up plan,but I am very persistent, my fear and procrastination just gets in the way sometimes. But this article helped me alot so thanks for your words of wisdom lol 🙂 .

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Thank you for sharing, Wolfgang! I used to daydream in class too 😉 My honest advice would be to get rid of your backup plan. Jump in, both feet, and don’t look back. Your brain will figure out a way to make things happen if it’s the only option you’ve got!

  23. Egolog23 says:

    My dreamn is to be a performer in Theatre ( singing, dancing etc) I took a leap the beginning of college to go for it take all the classes I needed and get involved..but my insecurities got the best of me and I haven’t practiced my craft in over 2 years. I want to go back finish my theatre degree and get in action again..But I have an overwhelming sense of fear and insecurities. This article was definitely a boost of motivation, thank you!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      So blessed to hear your motivation was boosted! The only way to get past your insecurities is to just jump back in. Don’t get caught in comparison – that is truly the biggest thief of joy! You can do it. 🙂

  24. Egolog23 says:

    My dreamn is to be a performer in Theatre ( singing, dancing etc) I took a leap the beginning of college to go for it take all the classes I needed and get involved..but my insecurities got the best of me and I haven’t practiced my craft in over 2 years. I want to go back finish my theatre degree and get in action again..But I have an overwhelming sense of fear and insecurities. This article was definitely a boost of motivation, thank you!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      So blessed to hear your motivation was boosted! The only way to get past your insecurities is to just jump back in. Don’t get caught in comparison – that is truly the biggest thief of joy! You can do it. 🙂

  25. Desiree says:

    My dream is to sing. I want to be a singer. But I’ve also been held back by crippling fear. I have had a few doors open up but it would require me to leave my secure job (which I need to pay off student loans) for an unknown. This terrifies me and I don’t know what to do. It seems illogical to leave my job. But I know if I postpone for money reasons, I will never achieve my dream. Any thoughts?

    • Chris Dorrego says:

      Sing always. sit outside in a park and sing. Softly is fine, and increase your volume each time you do it. That will build your confidence. I used to dance on stage as a kid, so stage fright was not an issue.
      See if you can do your job part time, if not, sing part time. When you are up on stage, focus on an area above everyone’s heads, and sing to that. you know the picture on the wall? focus on that and the one on the side of you too….so it seems like you are crooning to the audience and not one spot.
      Figure out where your blind spot is, and keep your most intimidating audience there. Good luck! I cannot sing a note, so rock on for me too!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Fulfilling our dreams can often look totally illogical and make no sense to those around us. But YOU are the one with the dream inside you, and you have to ask yourself what you’re willing to risk to make it come true. What could you lose? But more importantly, what could you gain?

  26. Desiree says:

    My dream is to sing. I want to be a singer. But I’ve also been held back by crippling fear. I have had a few doors open up but it would require me to leave my secure job (which I need to pay off student loans) for an unknown. This terrifies me and I don’t know what to do. It seems illogical to leave my job. But I know if I postpone for money reasons, I will never achieve my dream. Any thoughts?

    • Chris Dorrego says:

      Sing always. sit outside in a park and sing. Softly is fine, and increase your volume each time you do it. That will build your confidence. I used to dance on stage as a kid, so stage fright was not an issue.
      See if you can do your job part time, if not, sing part time. When you are up on stage, focus on an area above everyone’s heads, and sing to that. you know the picture on the wall? focus on that and the one on the side of you too….so it seems like you are crooning to the audience and not one spot.
      Figure out where your blind spot is, and keep your most intimidating audience there. Good luck! I cannot sing a note, so rock on for me too!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Fulfilling our dreams can often look totally illogical and make no sense to those around us. But YOU are the one with the dream inside you, and you have to ask yourself what you’re willing to risk to make it come true. What could you lose? But more importantly, what could you gain?

  27. Amy says:

    This is exactly what I needed to hear right about now, thank you Dale! I’m a recent college graduate with a dream of becoming a social entrepreneur. I started a project working with women weavers in Guatemala that are close to my heart, have established a solid base for the company, have all the resources we need, a solid brand strategy, and a huge heart for the project. Of course, there are a million other things to tackle in the beginning and fear is definitely in my mind as I face the challenge of knowing when to take the leap alone and dive into the company with full force and drop everything else. I’m excited and eager to begin, but of course afraid of what’s to come. Thanks for your daily encouragement and for being such an inspiration to me and so many others. God bless!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      There will always be a million things and all your ducks will never be in a row. You sound like you are exactly where you need to be. Don’t look back! So appreciative of you sharing your heart, Amy.

  28. Amy says:

    This is exactly what I needed to hear right about now, thank you Dale! I’m a recent college graduate with a dream of becoming a social entrepreneur. I started a project working with women weavers in Guatemala that are close to my heart, have established a solid base for the company, have all the resources we need, a solid brand strategy, and a huge heart for the project. Of course, there are a million other things to tackle in the beginning and fear is definitely in my mind as I face the challenge of knowing when to take the leap alone and dive into the company with full force and drop everything else. I’m excited and eager to begin, but of course afraid of what’s to come. Thanks for your daily encouragement and for being such an inspiration to me and so many others. God bless!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      There will always be a million things and all your ducks will never be in a row. You sound like you are exactly where you need to be. Don’t look back! So appreciative of you sharing your heart, Amy.

  29. Alex says:

    My dream, to start my own wedding & event planning business. I work for an independent hotel in Tennessee as one of two special event coordinators. I love my job & I would love to do more with it. I recently enrolled in a furthering education program to become a certified Professional Wedding & Event Coordinator. The biggest thing that I know has been present is fear. The fear that once I finish the classes and try to start on my own that I won’t make it, or that I will make it. What do I do if the flame sizzles out, what do I do if that flame ignites and takes off like wildfire?! Do I stay in the mountains of East TN? Do I move back home to Nashville & try there? Do I look at another state and start a whole new chapter? So many things to evaluate & I have been trying to slowly tackle each one. Fear can be crippling but I know in my heart that His plan is for good & I have to trust in His way.

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Alex, you hit the nail on the head. God will take care of you no matter what. Thank you for sharing!

  30. Alex says:

    My dream, to start my own wedding & event planning business. I work for an independent hotel in Tennessee as one of two special event coordinators. I love my job & I would love to do more with it. I recently enrolled in a furthering education program to become a certified Professional Wedding & Event Coordinator. The biggest thing that I know has been present is fear. The fear that once I finish the classes and try to start on my own that I won’t make it, or that I will make it. What do I do if the flame sizzles out, what do I do if that flame ignites and takes off like wildfire?! Do I stay in the mountains of East TN? Do I move back home to Nashville & try there? Do I look at another state and start a whole new chapter? So many things to evaluate & I have been trying to slowly tackle each one. Fear can be crippling but I know in my heart that His plan is for good & I have to trust in His way.

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Alex, you hit the nail on the head. God will take care of you no matter what. Thank you for sharing!

  31. Rt says:

    Let me first start off by saying how much I appreciate this article and how bravely you’ve shared your experiences and vulnerabilities.

    However,
    none of the blogs, books or articles I’ve read, nor the life coaches and career therapists to whom I’ve spoken- have addressed my situation (a situation which I know is a common experience among my 20-something-friends): what happens if you don’t know what your dream is, exactly? What does one do if she is professional unfulfilled- no, suffocating, rather- but after years of introspection and questioning she still has no idea what her “dream” is? What advice, if any, do you have for people in my boat?

    • Chris Dorrego says:

      If it helps, I am 44, have two kids 17 and 18 and STILL have no clue what I want to be when I grow up.
      Write a list of your passions, what do you like to do in your spare time? What about that do you like? Do others have careers that center around that passion? Can you use that to teach others about your passion?
      If money was no object, what would you do in your spare time and what job would you have? I mean if you were living off a trust fund, and got a job for the sheer pleasure of being productive….that you could leave anytime?
      Also list what you do NOT want to do. Cubicle ok for you? cold calling? inbound calls? lots of writing? hovering boss? Or do you want to have someone else tell you what to do and when? not have to manage your own time? let someone else give you goals to work for? be able to leave work at work at the end of the day? not have to be the one to follow up, or correct papers, or have any kind of homework after hours?
      Do you plan your time well, or do you waste time? Do you procrastinate or do you proactively do things to lessen your work load? (example, I hate HATE doing dishes, so when I cook, I wash what I use. Then, when I am done cooking (which I also dislike) I have the pan, the plate and the utensils to wash and that is all. I am lazy lazy lazy).
      Write these answers down, list style, then reorganize them in order of preference. The top choices can be melded into what you actually like. Don’t jump ahead, give plenty of days to write the answers before you even consider organizing. Worst case, flip a coin….that will always tell you what you want, you will have a hope of one outcome….;)

    • Wendy Henkelman says:

      Rt if i may… “Calling” can be found where your gifts & talents collide with your burdens. If you know your story/or perhaps past hurts and what makes you come alive/get passionate about changing, then look to your gifts & talents (things you’re good at) and combine the two! Just think about it… A lot of anti-trafficking non-profits started out of someone’s past being abused or trafficked themselves. if you could focus on the postive “IFs” rather than the negative “what if i try and it doesnt work, etc etc” start dreaming! IF you could do anything and knew you couldnt fail – what would you do??

        • Wendy Henkelman says:

          so impressed you took the time to respond and not just respond but ENCOURAGE each person in their dreams! inspiration. Crazy enough i just heard a great teaching Calling + Fear + obedience = HIS best (whatevr that is, it will come in perfect timing) But Calling + Fear – obedience(aka disobedience) = stuck. It took the israelites 40yrs how to figure out how to get to the promise land which was only an 11day walk! 😛 derrr.
          Anyways…. I find the craziest obstacle we all face is fear and thats why your article NAILS IT. Telling FEAR to take a hike and just LEAP will forever change the trajectory of our lives…. Fear = False evidence appearing real. SO MANY Brilliant startups were results of dozens of tries and success only matters when we can see what we’ve overcome to get there. My journey has been 10yrs+ BUT when all fear can do is intimidate and scare us, the reality/thought of the dream becoming REAL WAY SUPERCEDES! the journey is SO STINKIN FUN… its almost as if it becomes about the process/journey not the destination. =)
          anyways…. THANKS for making a difference & being an inspiration to so many

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Rt, Wendy pretty much took the words out of my mouth. Also, look at the things you naturally love the most. Movies? Ice cream? Shopping? Dogs? Or issues in the world that really move you? I would suggest writing these things down, even if they seem insignificant to you. You never know what you may discover 🙂

  32. Rt says:

    Let me first start off by saying how much I appreciate this article and how bravely you’ve shared your experiences and vulnerabilities.

    However,
    none of the blogs, books or articles I’ve read, nor the life coaches and career therapists to whom I’ve spoken- have addressed my situation (a situation which I know is a common experience among my 20-something-friends): what happens if you don’t know what your dream is, exactly? What does one do if she is professional unfulfilled- no, suffocating, rather- but after years of introspection and questioning she still has no idea what her “dream” is? What advice, if any, do you have for people in my boat?

    • Chris Dorrego says:

      If it helps, I am 44, have two kids 17 and 18 and STILL have no clue what I want to be when I grow up.
      Write a list of your passions, what do you like to do in your spare time? What about that do you like? Do others have careers that center around that passion? Can you use that to teach others about your passion?
      If money was no object, what would you do in your spare time and what job would you have? I mean if you were living off a trust fund, and got a job for the sheer pleasure of being productive….that you could leave anytime?
      Also list what you do NOT want to do. Cubicle ok for you? cold calling? inbound calls? lots of writing? hovering boss? Or do you want to have someone else tell you what to do and when? not have to manage your own time? let someone else give you goals to work for? be able to leave work at work at the end of the day? not have to be the one to follow up, or correct papers, or have any kind of homework after hours?
      Do you plan your time well, or do you waste time? Do you procrastinate or do you proactively do things to lessen your work load? (example, I hate HATE doing dishes, so when I cook, I wash what I use. Then, when I am done cooking (which I also dislike) I have the pan, the plate and the utensils to wash and that is all. I am lazy lazy lazy).
      Write these answers down, list style, then reorganize them in order of preference. The top choices can be melded into what you actually like. Don’t jump ahead, give plenty of days to write the answers before you even consider organizing. Worst case, flip a coin….that will always tell you what you want, you will have a hope of one outcome….;)

    • Wendy Henkelman says:

      Rt if i may… “Calling” can be found where your gifts & talents collide with your burdens. If you know your story/or perhaps past hurts and what makes you come alive/get passionate about changing, then look to your gifts & talents (things you’re good at) and combine the two! Just think about it… A lot of anti-trafficking non-profits started out of someone’s past being abused or trafficked themselves. if you could focus on the postive “IFs” rather than the negative “what if i try and it doesnt work, etc etc” start dreaming! IF you could do anything and knew you couldnt fail – what would you do??

        • Wendy Henkelman says:

          so impressed you took the time to respond and not just respond but ENCOURAGE each person in their dreams! inspiration. Crazy enough i just heard a great teaching Calling + Fear + obedience = HIS best (whatevr that is, it will come in perfect timing) But Calling + Fear – obedience(aka disobedience) = stuck. It took the israelites 40yrs how to figure out how to get to the promise land which was only an 11day walk! 😛 derrr.
          Anyways…. I find the craziest obstacle we all face is fear and thats why your article NAILS IT. Telling FEAR to take a hike and just LEAP will forever change the trajectory of our lives…. Fear = False evidence appearing real. SO MANY Brilliant startups were results of dozens of tries and success only matters when we can see what we’ve overcome to get there. My journey has been 10yrs+ BUT when all fear can do is intimidate and scare us, the reality/thought of the dream becoming REAL WAY SUPERCEDES! the journey is SO STINKIN FUN… its almost as if it becomes about the process/journey not the destination. =)
          anyways…. THANKS for making a difference & being an inspiration to so many

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Rt, Wendy pretty much took the words out of my mouth. Also, look at the things you naturally love the most. Movies? Ice cream? Shopping? Dogs? Or issues in the world that really move you? I would suggest writing these things down, even if they seem insignificant to you. You never know what you may discover 🙂

  33. Luca says:

    Hi, thank you for your writings! I really needed this at the moment! My dream is to be a vegan bar chef and one day to open my own breakfast and brunch space, and promote healthy eating.
    Ofcourse what stops me now is the fact I don’t have a qualification to work in such a space, thou’ cook wonderful, in order to own this qualificatin I have to work. My fear is that working something that is not close to what I dream to do, will minimize my chances and motivation to follow and make it true.
    Love Love,
    Luca

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Luca, write your goals down. Short term and long term. Tape them up or post them in a place you see daily, and make steps every day toward those goals. Even if it’s just beginning to read a book about business, or cooking. Advance yourself every day by doing the small things. That’s exactly what I’ve done and continue to strive to do! Don’t worry about your qualifications. Hard work beats talent when talent won’t do hard work.

      • Luca says:

        Thank you for taking your time to answer 🙂 and to write all these inspiring posts! I will do like you said. May it be in a good time!
        Bless!
        Luca

  34. Luca says:

    Hi, thank you for your writings! I really needed this at the moment! My dream is to be a vegan bar chef and one day to open my own breakfast and brunch space, and promote healthy eating.
    Ofcourse what stops me now is the fact I don’t have a qualification to work in such a space, thou’ cook wonderful, in order to own this qualificatin I have to work. My fear is that working something that is not close to what I dream to do, will minimize my chances and motivation to follow and make it true.
    Love Love,
    Luca

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Luca, write your goals down. Short term and long term. Tape them up or post them in a place you see daily, and make steps every day toward those goals. Even if it’s just beginning to read a book about business, or cooking. Advance yourself every day by doing the small things. That’s exactly what I’ve done and continue to strive to do! Don’t worry about your qualifications. Hard work beats talent when talent won’t do hard work.

      • Luca says:

        Thank you for taking your time to answer 🙂 and to write all these inspiring posts! I will do like you said. May it be in a good time!
        Bless!
        Luca

  35. Shanetheforce says:

    My dream for the past few years has been to own a Christian rap/rock radio station. I would want others to be the brains and business side of it, so I could focus on the music and the ministry. My heart is in youth ministry and I don’t know of any other station that is so focused on that age group with that kind of music. It is an age group that needs to be reached, and I feel called to take a step for them. What holds me back, is lack of knowledge and finances. I know that God equips, so I’m guessing that right now is just not my timing, and it will come. I know I won’t lose passion for this, so its just the waiting game until I’m fully equipped! 🙂 Can’t wait!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      I think you would be surprised with how well you are equipped right now in this moment, Shane! Keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to advance yourself toward what you daydream about most. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, man!

  36. Shanetheforce says:

    My dream for the past few years has been to own a Christian rap/rock radio station. I would want others to be the brains and business side of it, so I could focus on the music and the ministry. My heart is in youth ministry and I don’t know of any other station that is so focused on that age group with that kind of music. It is an age group that needs to be reached, and I feel called to take a step for them. What holds me back, is lack of knowledge and finances. I know that God equips, so I’m guessing that right now is just not my timing, and it will come. I know I won’t lose passion for this, so its just the waiting game until I’m fully equipped! 🙂 Can’t wait!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      I think you would be surprised with how well you are equipped right now in this moment, Shane! Keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to advance yourself toward what you daydream about most. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, man!

  37. Chris Dorrego says:

    my mother bought a book after my dad passed away, Power of Positive Thinking. She then set her sights on selling their huge, packrat filled underwater mortgaged home by the end of 2012. She had 6 months from the time she decided. She closed escrow 12/12/12. She lived in a 5th wheel on my property starting 11/2012. 9 Storage units. She decided she wanted to be IN ESCROW by 3/2013. She wanted a small home near me, with a low maintenance dog friendly yard, garage, front porch, and enough room to have a sewing room and maybe one of my kids living there.
    She closed escrow 03/13/2013 on a house that is a 5 minute walk from me, and contains everything she asked for.
    She prefers unique homes rather than planned development. She got a planned development (she calls it a started home) but it fit her criteria so well, she offered above the asking price by about $20k, and she wrote a letter to the owner as to why she wanted it so badly.
    Positive Thinking works. I am always happy to read your blog, and since I have a job that is overly sufficient in pay and benefits but lacks in the satisfaction department I am looking to expand my horizons with either my art, or my passion for healthy, sustainable living while educating others on the why’s to avoid commercial food supplies. Either than or working with animals, my other passion.
    I intend to breed my chickens and ducks for meat, and I already have an abundance of eggs. I am in no way vegan, but would like my own lettuce etc garden as well. The time it takes requires I quit my job….so I am doing my research and building my faith in myself. God always provides, it is me that needs to stop worrying. (and thanks for your kind words about my response on my upbringing)

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Totally agree with you about positive thinking, Chris. It truly makes all the difference. Loved hearing about how it’s affected your family! Thank you for sharing, and for your support!

  38. Chris Dorrego says:

    my mother bought a book after my dad passed away, Power of Positive Thinking. She then set her sights on selling their huge, packrat filled underwater mortgaged home by the end of 2012. She had 6 months from the time she decided. She closed escrow 12/12/12. She lived in a 5th wheel on my property starting 11/2012. 9 Storage units. She decided she wanted to be IN ESCROW by 3/2013. She wanted a small home near me, with a low maintenance dog friendly yard, garage, front porch, and enough room to have a sewing room and maybe one of my kids living there.
    She closed escrow 03/13/2013 on a house that is a 5 minute walk from me, and contains everything she asked for.
    She prefers unique homes rather than planned development. She got a planned development (she calls it a started home) but it fit her criteria so well, she offered above the asking price by about $20k, and she wrote a letter to the owner as to why she wanted it so badly.
    Positive Thinking works. I am always happy to read your blog, and since I have a job that is overly sufficient in pay and benefits but lacks in the satisfaction department I am looking to expand my horizons with either my art, or my passion for healthy, sustainable living while educating others on the why’s to avoid commercial food supplies. Either than or working with animals, my other passion.
    I intend to breed my chickens and ducks for meat, and I already have an abundance of eggs. I am in no way vegan, but would like my own lettuce etc garden as well. The time it takes requires I quit my job….so I am doing my research and building my faith in myself. God always provides, it is me that needs to stop worrying. (and thanks for your kind words about my response on my upbringing)

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Totally agree with you about positive thinking, Chris. It truly makes all the difference. Loved hearing about how it’s affected your family! Thank you for sharing, and for your support!

  39. Marlene Miller says:

    YES yes yes ! I have already started to take steps in the direction of my dream. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and am well on my way !

  40. Marlene Miller says:

    YES yes yes ! I have already started to take steps in the direction of my dream. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and am well on my way !

  41. Victoria says:

    My dream is to be a small business owner. I would love to own a small vegetarian and vegan restaurant/coffee shop. I may start off with a food truck and work my up or I may get a break and open a small shop in Chicago or the East coast area. Either way it is my passion and I am so ready to begin my career and journey. Thank you for this enlightening article Dale!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Hey that sounds incredible Victoria! I’d love to visit your shop once it’s up and running – sounds awesome!

  42. Victoria says:

    My dream is to be a small business owner. I would love to own a small vegetarian and vegan restaurant/coffee shop. I may start off with a food truck and work my up or I may get a break and open a small shop in Chicago or the East coast area. Either way it is my passion and I am so ready to begin my career and journey. Thank you for this enlightening article Dale!

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Hey that sounds incredible Victoria! I’d love to visit your shop once it’s up and running – sounds awesome!

  43. Chrissy says:

    What a wonderful reminder to oneself these words are. I think fear can convince you it’s easier to just forget about your dreams…enter dating the dreamer which I am lucky enough to say that I am! When I first met my partner we talked about what we’d hoped for ourselves and what we hoped to achieve with each other. In a very short time we were presented with an option that could help us start this. A year and a half later I am working full time (in a job that is a means to and end at the moment) and he is renovating full time and our goal is to finish renovating by the end of the year and open up our little store in the country! That’s when the fun begins! It’s been a blessing to have stumbled upon your blog.Thank you for your ever positive and inspiring words!

  44. Chrissy says:

    What a wonderful reminder to oneself these words are. I think fear can convince you it’s easier to just forget about your dreams…enter dating the dreamer which I am lucky enough to say that I am! When I first met my partner we talked about what we’d hoped for ourselves and what we hoped to achieve with each other. In a very short time we were presented with an option that could help us start this. A year and a half later I am working full time (in a job that is a means to and end at the moment) and he is renovating full time and our goal is to finish renovating by the end of the year and open up our little store in the country! That’s when the fun begins! It’s been a blessing to have stumbled upon your blog.Thank you for your ever positive and inspiring words!

  45. Kirsten Anderson says:

    My dream is to star in television and film. I recently graduated from college and am working to save up $ to move somewhere like Los Angeles or Atlanta where film/television is more prominent. I just finished up doing a play called The Thorn which is touring nationally in the next few weeks, but my passion is for film and television. The next step: move somewhere to make that happen & trust God with everything.

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Kirsten, a quote came to mind after I read your comment: Pray as if it’s up to God and work as if it’s up to you. Sounds like you’re becoming the master at this! Congrats on graduating and good luck with everything!

      • Kirsten Anderson says:

        Thanks Dale! Such a great quote 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement! I have also dreamed of working for a company like The Giving Keys or Sevenly or Toms that gives back and makes a difference in the world, so hopefully that will happen as well! Will definitely keep that quote in mind especially these next few months of transition!!

  46. Kirsten Anderson says:

    My dream is to star in television and film. I recently graduated from college and am working to save up $ to move somewhere like Los Angeles or Atlanta where film/television is more prominent. I just finished up doing a play called The Thorn which is touring nationally in the next few weeks, but my passion is for film and television. The next step: move somewhere to make that happen & trust God with everything.

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Kirsten, a quote came to mind after I read your comment: Pray as if it’s up to God and work as if it’s up to you. Sounds like you’re becoming the master at this! Congrats on graduating and good luck with everything!

  47. terry says:

    I love horses with all my heart and soul. I have been thrown twice, braking many bones. I still want to ride but am so afraid to ride , I need to find a way though the fear. Plese help if you can?

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Terry, thank you for sharing your vulnerability. I’m no master at riding horses, but with any fear you have 3 options: Let it rule you and live in fear, take baby steps to overcome that fear, or jump fully in and literally “get back on the horse”. You can do it! Start slow if that’s what works best for you.

  48. terry says:

    I love horses with all my heart and soul. I have been thrown twice, braking many bones. I still want to ride but am so afraid to ride , I need to find a way though the fear. Plese help if you can?

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Terry, thank you for sharing your vulnerability. I’m no master at riding horses, but with any fear you have 3 options: Let it rule you and live in fear, take baby steps to overcome that fear, or jump fully in and literally “get back on the horse”. You can do it! Start slow if that’s what works best for you.

  49. Beef says:

    Im personable and I want to help people, all people. Im currently an administrator in a school and I feel persecuted by some adults because I know kids names and make a point to make each one feel important. This is self serving as well because when I see their faces light up because someone cares it makes my heart light up. However, working in the public sector is so disheartening with the change of leadership and standards that I have found myself pulling away just to keep the heat off of me. I read my devotion this am and it was about how God wants us to show people we love them even when they are difficult and to ask God to help us love those difficult people. Hence, when I got to work I knew God must really have wanted to test me today cause I had to take some deep breaths and ask God to keep me focused before my love turned to hatred. With this being said, how is it that we even know what our dreams are any more when we are so beat down by those around us. I feel like I am swimming and barrel keeping my head above water. I appreciate any suggestions offered but just keep in mind like most of us I have to work to support my children so just changing jobs is not an easy option.

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Wow I love how much of a fighter you are, and how you want to be a light in the dark places. Maybe God wants you there for just a bit longer, for His purposes? Maybe someone is watching you as you remember each person’s name and making them feel special, or watching how you react to criticism around you. Maybe your character is being refined. You may never know. But don’t lose heart. Hold tight to John 16:33. Hope this helps a little! Thank you so much for reaching out. 🙂

  50. Beef says:

    Im personable and I want to help people, all people. Im currently an administrator in a school and I feel persecuted by some adults because I know kids names and make a point to make each one feel important. This is self serving as well because when I see their faces light up because someone cares it makes my heart light up. However, working in the public sector is so disheartening with the change of leadership and standards that I have found myself pulling away just to keep the heat off of me. I read my devotion this am and it was about how God wants us to show people we love them even when they are difficult and to ask God to help us love those difficult people. Hence, when I got to work I knew God must really have wanted to test me today cause I had to take some deep breaths and ask God to keep me focused before my love turned to hatred. With this being said, how is it that we even know what our dreams are any more when we are so beat down by those around us. I feel like I am swimming and barrel keeping my head above water. I appreciate any suggestions offered but just keep in mind like most of us I have to work to support my children so just changing jobs is not an easy option.

    • Dale Partridge says:

      Wow I love how much of a fighter you are, and how you want to be a light in the dark places. Maybe God wants you there for just a bit longer, for His purposes? Maybe someone is watching you as you remember each person’s name and making them feel special, or watching how you react to criticism around you. Maybe your character is being refined. You may never know. But don’t lose heart. Hold tight to John 16:33. Hope this helps a little! Thank you so much for reaching out. 🙂

  51. Sarah says:

    My dream is to move to London to pursue my master’s degree in Museum Studies at UCL and then make a living as a museum curator hopefully at the Museum of London. My passion is for history and people’s stories and fell in love with London last summer and cannot wait to return.

    • Dale Partridge says:

      I’ve never been to London, but it seems amazing! If that’s your dream, then do anything you can to get there. You only have one life! Thanks for sharing, Sarah! 🙂

  52. Sarah says:

    My dream is to move to London to pursue my master’s degree in Museum Studies at UCL and then make a living as a museum curator hopefully at the Museum of London. My passion is for history and people’s stories and fell in love with London last summer and cannot wait to return.

    • Dale Partridge says:

      I’ve never been to London, but it seems amazing! If that’s your dream, then do anything you can to get there. You only have one life! Thanks for sharing, Sarah! 🙂

  53. Kim says:

    Fear is such a powerful & destructive thing. I allowed fear to control my choices far too long. I married & stayed in a marriage out of fear. I hold myself accountable for those mistakes and pray that God would guide my heart & mind. With that said I’ve loved writing since I was a junior high student. I also would love to get involved in mission work as well. Any advice on how to get started as an aspiring writer would be greatly appreciated!

  54. Kim says:

    Fear is such a powerful & destructive thing. I allowed fear to control my choices far too long. I married & stayed in a marriage out of fear. I hold myself accountable for those mistakes and pray that God would guide my heart & mind. With that said I’ve loved writing since I was a junior high student. I also would love to get involved in mission work as well. Any advice on how to get started as an aspiring writer would be greatly appreciated!

  55. il says:

    I live in a foreign country for four years. I started to learn in English when I came to here. I am over fifty and my education in this country it is not accepted. I am graduated, but I feel, I have not enough power and knowledge to do it again here. But I want to do something. I like to paint, I have many writing I wrote them since my childhood. My dream to translate them and to illustrate them with my own paintings. / It is totally other than my education / But it is so hard. I don’t know English enough and I have not many to achieve my dream. I would like a paid work but that also not easy. After I studied English I finished an Education Support Worker course and now I am a volunteer in a school and in a Library, too. And I just hope, one day everything will goes well and I can achieve my dream. My question is, whether time will not be too late for me? And what if I can’t achieve my dream? Sometimes I thought my writings, I wrote them just for myself?

    • suzyhumanity says:

      your efforts are not wasted. God turns everything into new life, and you should be so proud of yourself for moving and pressing into the greatness that is here! don’t give-up..keep trying. it is never too late to become what you might’ve been. 🙂

  56. il says:

    I live in a foreign country for four years. I started to learn in English when I came to here. I am over fifty and my education in this country it is not accepted. I am graduated, but I feel, I have not enough power and knowledge to do it again here. But I want to do something. I like to paint, I have many writing I wrote them since my childhood. My dream to translate them and to illustrate them with my own paintings. / It is totally other than my education / But it is so hard. I don’t know English enough and I have not many to achieve my dream. I would like a paid work but that also not easy. After I studied English I finished an Education Support Worker course and now I am a volunteer in a school and in a Library, too. And I just hope, one day everything will goes well and I can achieve my dream. My question is, whether time will not be too late for me? And what if I can’t achieve my dream? Sometimes I thought my writings, I wrote them just for myself?

    • suzyhumanity says:

      your efforts are not wasted. God turns everything into new life, and you should be so proud of yourself for moving and pressing into the greatness that is here! don’t give-up..keep trying. it is never too late to become what you might’ve been. 🙂

  57. Jackie Perri says:

    I let self doubt control my dreams. I have two different dreams but one would fuel the other. However my paying job is getting the way. Wish I could financial afford to quit and drive head first into my dreams but that would not be responsible for my family. In the meantime I am trying to juggle all of them.

  58. Jackie Perri says:

    I let self doubt control my dreams. I have two different dreams but one would fuel the other. However my paying job is getting the way. Wish I could financial afford to quit and drive head first into my dreams but that would not be responsible for my family. In the meantime I am trying to juggle all of them.

  59. Samuel Miller says:

    Great post, Dale. My mind is always concocting new dreams, but I often get discouraged by lack of progress. Being highly motivated, I have taken small steps, however I don’t know how to keep moving forward with my ideas. Trying to avoid attending any funerals in the idea graveyard 🙂

  60. Samuel Miller says:

    Great post, Dale. My mind is always concocting new dreams, but I often get discouraged by lack of progress. Being highly motivated, I have taken small steps, however I don’t know how to keep moving forward with my ideas. Trying to avoid attending any funerals in the idea graveyard 🙂

  61. Nicki Rochead says:

    Thank you for this Dale. I read your articles a lot but I don’t think I have ever commented before. The things that you and your audience say really resonate. I am at a crossroads and if I don’t screw my courage into a ball and work hard at my dream I will be miserable working for bullies and egotists for the rest of my working life. I don’t want that so I am taking your advice. Thank you x

  62. Nicki Rochead says:

    Thank you for this Dale. I read your articles a lot but I don’t think I have ever commented before. The things that you and your audience say really resonate. I am at a crossroads and if I don’t screw my courage into a ball and work hard at my dream I will be miserable working for bullies and egotists for the rest of my working life. I don’t want that so I am taking your advice. Thank you x

  63. Ginger Elliott says:

    Thank you for admitting publicly that you have and still feel fear. Sometimes I lose track of that while I’m admiring the achievements of others while I’m talking myself out of pursuing my own dreams. I have been making small, consistent steps though, and it has given me more inspiration than I could have anticipated!

  64. Ginger Elliott says:

    Thank you for admitting publicly that you have and still feel fear. Sometimes I lose track of that while I’m admiring the achievements of others while I’m talking myself out of pursuing my own dreams. I have been making small, consistent steps though, and it has given me more inspiration than I could have anticipated!

  65. Jina says:

    Hello,
    This was very inspiring. I’ve opened a small company a couple if years ago. So far I’ve made small steps but I want to take things further. I know I can do it. I have a full time job I have to keep tough. I fear I won’t be able to support my family if I quit and just dedicate my shop full time. What would you do?

  66. Jina says:

    Hello,
    This was very inspiring. I’ve opened a small company a couple if years ago. So far I’ve made small steps but I want to take things further. I know I can do it. I have a full time job I have to keep tough. I fear I won’t be able to support my family if I quit and just dedicate my shop full time. What would you do?

  67. Maurice Kande says:

    Being filled with faith does not mean that we should remove all common sense from our lives. Point number 3 is a very important one. Sometimes when we get excited under the influence of faith, we forget the possibility of stumbling against a wall. As a result, when we fail, we fall so deep and it becomes too hard to get back on our feet.
    a safety net is a must.

  68. Maurice Kande says:

    Being filled with faith does not mean that we should remove all common sense from our lives. Point number 3 is a very important one. Sometimes when we get excited under the influence of faith, we forget the possibility of stumbling against a wall. As a result, when we fail, we fall so deep and it becomes too hard to get back on our feet.
    a safety net is a must.

  69. Karibim says:

    I had like τ̅☺ thank you for this wonderful and inspirational blog. Fear and procastination α̲̅я̩̥̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ two deadly word, I graduated from the university and felt d need τ̅☺ go after γ̲̣̣̥ dream which s̶̲̥̅̊ delving into the fashion industry. I signed a two year course τ̅☺ learn the fashion desining but after a year in it, I felt I couldn’t go on ,I wasn’t learning @ a fast pace and I felt I should just quit! Fear has ‎​S̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴̴̴͡ encompass ♍ε̲̣̣̣̥ and I thought within ♍ε̲̣̣̣̥ that I was just wasting γ̲̣̣̥ time. On the other hand a voice keeps telling ♍ε̲̣̣̣̥ I can make it that those who α̲̅я̩̥̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ making success in it where never born with it. Now I quitted where I was learning τ̅☺ try somewhere else but still I still find it difficult τ̅☺ blend in. Could it b it nt γ̲̣̣̥ destined dream work? Or fear has becloud γ̲̣̣̥ reason not 2 push further. But I had still love τ̅☺ be a successful fashion designer.

  70. Karibim says:

    I had like τ̅☺ thank you for this wonderful and inspirational blog. Fear and procastination α̲̅я̩̥̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ two deadly word, I graduated from the university and felt d need τ̅☺ go after γ̲̣̣̥ dream which s̶̲̥̅̊ delving into the fashion industry. I signed a two year course τ̅☺ learn the fashion desining but after a year in it, I felt I couldn’t go on ,I wasn’t learning @ a fast pace and I felt I should just quit! Fear has ‎​S̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴̴̴̴͡ encompass ♍ε̲̣̣̣̥ and I thought within ♍ε̲̣̣̣̥ that I was just wasting γ̲̣̣̥ time. On the other hand a voice keeps telling ♍ε̲̣̣̣̥ I can make it that those who α̲̅я̩̥̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ making success in it where never born with it. Now I quitted where I was learning τ̅☺ try somewhere else but still I still find it difficult τ̅☺ blend in. Could it b it nt γ̲̣̣̥ destined dream work? Or fear has becloud γ̲̣̣̥ reason not 2 push further. But I had still love τ̅☺ be a successful fashion designer.

  71. Helen says:

    I have many different interests, so I don’t know what I really should focus on. What is really my dream? That’s what’s holding me back. Besides that, fear of failure is holding me back to take any action. I have taken a few baby steps and your post encourages me to continue with it. Thank you for this inspiring post!

  72. Helen says:

    I have many different interests, so I don’t know what I really should focus on. What is really my dream? That’s what’s holding me back. Besides that, fear of failure is holding me back to take any action. I have taken a few baby steps and your post encourages me to continue with it. Thank you for this inspiring post!

  73. Sovichana Vann says:

    I have NO idea what I would like to have as a career, but right now all I know is that I would love to travel and get into photography. It will be awesome I could be a professional photographer, but I’m okay if that doesn’t workout because I’m still doing what I love!

  74. Sovichana Vann says:

    I have NO idea what I would like to have as a career, but right now all I know is that I would love to travel and get into photography. It will be awesome I could be a professional photographer, but I’m okay if that doesn’t workout because I’m still doing what I love!

  75. Meaghan Whelan says:

    My dream is to be able to help and inspire people on an exponential scale,

    What’s holding me back:
    I look very young.. others typically do not take me seriously because I am a graceful age-er..
    Aaaand, ya’ll haven’t met me to encounter what an amazing, inspiring, hardworking, fantastically positive, passionate, loyal person I am.. yet!

    Don’t fret friends,
    we’ll have to cross paths eventually, bein world changers and what not..

    This goes out to everyone of course!
    Wishing everyone good things, always!

  76. Meaghan Whelan says:

    My dream is to be able to help and inspire people on an exponential scale,

    What’s holding me back:
    I look very young.. others typically do not take me seriously because I am a graceful age-er..
    Aaaand, ya’ll haven’t met me to encounter what an amazing, inspiring, hardworking, fantastically positive, passionate, loyal person I am.. yet!

    Don’t fret friends,
    we’ll have to cross paths eventually, bein world changers and what not..

    This goes out to everyone of course!
    Wishing everyone good things, always!

  77. Jemma says:

    I think I have had too many dreams and they have scattered my efforts. I also allowed others to put a stop to my dreams (eg. two husbands who did not want me to be out performing in case another man took me from them) and children, of course.

    I was, for a time, a singer and guitarist semi-professionally, post marriage.

    Now, I am trying to be a writer after almost being sent on another path by those who told me there are no jobs in writing even when I had completed a BA in Writing with Honours.

    I was advised to do a four year social work course but graduated in psychology instead. I reasoned that if I didn’t want to get a job in that area at the end of the course, it would be useful for my writing.

    In between, I have studied for three college certificates and worked as an assistant in nursing and a therapy assistant.

    Now, I am studying editing part-time (for an extra skill) and have taken small steps, so far, toward self-employment as a writer. I want to work from home, doing something I love and I might just have a go at writing and recording songs for a CD, as well. Sometimes I consider my age (in my fifties) but like someone else wrote in comments, here, I feel and look younger so I’m going to act younger and ignore time since it has ignored me.

    However, I admit, I often have to shove the fears away from me.

  78. Jemma says:

    I think I have had too many dreams and they have scattered my efforts. I also allowed others to put a stop to my dreams (eg. two husbands who did not want me to be out performing in case another man took me from them) and children, of course.

    I was, for a time, a singer and guitarist semi-professionally, post marriage.

    Now, I am trying to be a writer after almost being sent on another path by those who told me there are no jobs in writing even when I had completed a BA in Writing with Honours.

    I was advised to do a four year social work course but graduated in psychology instead. I reasoned that if I didn’t want to get a job in that area at the end of the course, it would be useful for my writing.

    In between, I have studied for three college certificates and worked as an assistant in nursing and a therapy assistant.

    Now, I am studying editing part-time (for an extra skill) and have taken small steps, so far, toward self-employment as a writer. I want to work from home, doing something I love and I might just have a go at writing and recording songs for a CD, as well. Sometimes I consider my age (in my fifties) but like someone else wrote in comments, here, I feel and look younger so I’m going to act younger and ignore time since it has ignored me.

    However, I admit, I often have to shove the fears away from me.

  79. Jemma says:

    I’m receiving the messages via email but how do I register to be able to login? I have only been able to comment as guest.

  80. Jemma says:

    I’m receiving the messages via email but how do I register to be able to login? I have only been able to comment as guest.

  81. Judy says:

    I don’t dream anymore. Reality is harsh. Not everyone has a safety net for protection. Failure can change a life forever and not in the best way. Sorry, just my thoughts.

  82. Judy says:

    I don’t dream anymore. Reality is harsh. Not everyone has a safety net for protection. Failure can change a life forever and not in the best way. Sorry, just my thoughts.

  83. Stokes Davis says:

    Just tonight, after getting off the phone with a friend, I told her that
    since my ex-wife divorced me 3 years ago, I always felt we could still
    reconcile. Two days ago she told me she’s now “in a relationship.” My
    heart is heavy.

    For years I’d wanted to do voiceover work. I’d get a teacher for a while, take classes, then stop. Years later, same thing.

    I decided even before my exes revelation that this time I’m forging ahead
    with this dream I’ve been putting off for years, almost 20.

    I’m dissatisfied at my job having moved to another city to be closer to my
    children and reconnecting with my ex, but there’s been one challenge
    after another.

    I’ve sabotaged too many dreams for fear of failing. With my ex going in a
    new direction, I need something to take my mind off the hurt.

    I came across this blog by “accident”. I need a positive outlook on my life more than ever.

  84. Stokes Davis says:

    Just tonight, after getting off the phone with a friend, I told her that
    since my ex-wife divorced me 3 years ago, I always felt we could still
    reconcile. Two days ago she told me she’s now “in a relationship.” My
    heart is heavy.

    For years I’d wanted to do voiceover work. I’d get a teacher for a while, take classes, then stop. Years later, same thing.

    I decided even before my exes revelation that this time I’m forging ahead
    with this dream I’ve been putting off for years, almost 20.

    I’m dissatisfied at my job having moved to another city to be closer to my
    children and reconnecting with my ex, but there’s been one challenge
    after another.

    I’ve sabotaged too many dreams for fear of failing. With my ex going in a
    new direction, I need something to take my mind off the hurt.

    I came across this blog by “accident”. I need a positive outlook on my life more than ever.

  85. Judy says:

    I just quit my 15 year long corporate career to start up a business supporting people struggling with infertility. My husband and I battled infertility for 11 years and the knowledge I have and help I can offer comes from a very deep place. it stems from an ingrained knowledge on and experience of the topic. today I am staring at my laptop, trying to figure out where to go and find my clients. But after this article, I will man up and get going. Thank you! Judy

  86. Judy says:

    I just quit my 15 year long corporate career to start up a business supporting people struggling with infertility. My husband and I battled infertility for 11 years and the knowledge I have and help I can offer comes from a very deep place. it stems from an ingrained knowledge on and experience of the topic. today I am staring at my laptop, trying to figure out where to go and find my clients. But after this article, I will man up and get going. Thank you! Judy

  87. Stef says:

    But if someone has a “safety net” or something to rely on if they fail, are they unknowingly not going to give their everything to their dream in fright of giving everything and not succeeding? If you have nothing to fall back on or to rely on then it will force you to give absolutely everything and not accept failure because you know it’s all you’ve got? “When you have plan B, plan A never works. You have to decide this is what I want, and I am willing to die for it.” Just a thought. Love your work, though.

  88. Stef says:

    But if someone has a “safety net” or something to rely on if they fail, are they unknowingly not going to give their everything to their dream in fright of giving everything and not succeeding? If you have nothing to fall back on or to rely on then it will force you to give absolutely everything and not accept failure because you know it’s all you’ve got? “When you have plan B, plan A never works. You have to decide this is what I want, and I am willing to die for it.” Just a thought. Love your work, though.

  89. Spanky says:

    I think this is so awesome what you are doing here. I am just about to graduate with my youth care diploma and postivity is what I love! This blog has made a huge difference in the two weeks of finding this. I am excited to check my email everyday to see what positive mail was sent my way. I think you are an extrememly amazing human being and the fact that you are behind Sevenly too makes you even that much cooler! I heard about that a little while ago and was super stoked to find your blog last week.
    I struggle with anxiety but I have been finding positive alternatives to deal with those anxieties and this blog is one of them. So I thank you for that. And spreading the word of happiness and positivity is something I long to do so one day I now believe I will get over that anxiety fear and be able to do the things I want. Things are already changing for me! And I guess the bottom line is I wanna say thanks becasue I look forward to your blog every morning. It start the day off with a “breathe of fresh air.” So, keep doing what you are doing and you are truly an inspiring soul.

  90. Spanky says:

    I think this is so awesome what you are doing here. I am just about to graduate with my youth care diploma and postivity is what I love! This blog has made a huge difference in the two weeks of finding this. I am excited to check my email everyday to see what positive mail was sent my way. I think you are an extrememly amazing human being and the fact that you are behind Sevenly too makes you even that much cooler! I heard about that a little while ago and was super stoked to find your blog last week.
    I struggle with anxiety but I have been finding positive alternatives to deal with those anxieties and this blog is one of them. So I thank you for that. And spreading the word of happiness and positivity is something I long to do so one day I now believe I will get over that anxiety fear and be able to do the things I want. Things are already changing for me! And I guess the bottom line is I wanna say thanks becasue I look forward to your blog every morning. It start the day off with a “breathe of fresh air.” So, keep doing what you are doing and you are truly an inspiring soul.

  91. talia says:

    I think I don’t have anything I’m really good at and nothing I could turn into a career. I’m very indecisive and I find I can make up my mind for myself. It’s like I need someone to give me the push and then sometimes even hold my hand to follow through on ideas.

  92. Simon the Chicken says:

    I agree to disagree with you on the safety net. If you fall, get back up and try again. Chasing a dream is like learning to ride a bike for the first time, it’s a new experience and your perception on it when you begin to ride can alter your world view a bit after you get a little taste of falling and getting back up. When you fall yes it hurts, but this is why you need a helmet, and knee pads to protect you from severe damage so when you do get back up and try again you’ll be able to do better. And sometimes when you have to ride your bike everywhere it becomes a hassle because you gotta make sure everything is in tact and not falling apart. So even when chasing a dream you need to be sure this is something you want to do, even when you achieve your dream you’ll still need to ask the question would you want to do this as long as you live until you die. Who knows maybe after riding that bike you’ll want to get a motorcycle, you’ll never know, or want a car. Sometimes people want fulfillment like to finally be able to say they done something before they change career paths and that’s possibly why dreams are important to most of those who chase it. The next thing that happens after fulfillment is asking the question do I want to continue down this path, this is when I think many people turn away and only a few stay.

    My dreams are to be a music producer, dancer, and actor. My inspiration growing up was Michael Jackson after watching him I learned from him that I need to be myself and not want to be him but to be the best me. So me, I want to be able to have the ability to say I fulfilled my dreams… And be inspiration for others. I have five sisters, and a little uncle I want them to be able to say “That’s my brother/nephew,”and when I have kids I want them to be able to say the same.

    My biggest fear was not making it as a actor, I was scared of my bike before jumping on it but I’ve been acting for years in my schools I’ve attended from Elementary to High School. The difference between those stages is I’m performing for small school shows usually about 100 to 200 people. The thing about being in Hollywood is more daunting because it’s a bigger stage and everybody is watching you, no matter what you do your being watched. So I guess Shakespeare was right The World is a stage. But I have the jitters.

  93. shante says:

    This article was an eye opener…as I read each article….I realized you own Sevenly a brand I love a pin on my pinterest boards…and tell my friends some day I’ll going to be apart of this not sure how…they just stare….with that said glad I discovered you

  94. Reaching for happiness says:

    Just this short article has become a great motivation. I am currently a full time student, going after what I thought was my dream career, and is slowly seeming to not be so. I know what I’d like to do, and it does involve my current path, but I’m being held back. After finally freeing myself from a dead-end job I have found myself stuck in a position not meant for me. My free time has dwindled and with it has gone my sanity. For once, I need to do what’s right for me, and make my path; by doing what I love.

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