Fulfill your dreams before you die is something I always have in mind. Many of us have dreams unfulfilled and till the day we pass away, we only live with regrets. Those who died had their regrets because they knew by the time they wanted to live their dreams, it was often too late.
Do you have any unfulfilled dreams that you want to pursue?
Few years ago, I watched this video from Steve Jobs giving a speech to Stanford University students. Personally, I liked this video and every time I watched this video. It will remind me of things that I haven’t do.
Stay Foolish and Stay Hungry
I am not going to repeat what Mr Steve Jobs had mentioned in his speech, but I would like to draw your attention to a few things.
Are you going to live someone else’s life?
When I was working in the corporate world, I used to win some new deals but interesting for me was my ex-supervisor would have the audacity to take the accounts from my team and gave it to other teams. Reasoned for transferring the accounts away was mainly to lighten my burden!!! Every year, my colleagues in other teams would have an easier life while I had to keep winning new deals. Do I want to continue to live in someone else’s life? NO WAY.
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition
Whenever you try to do something to follow your heart, there will be people who will give you advice why you should not do it. When I wanted to start my haircut business, I sought consultation from my mother, uncle, friends and relatives. Let me tell you, most of them said not to do it as there were too many competitors and the market leader had already penetrated with high market share. Fortunately, I did not heed their advice, and I went ahead to do what was in my heart and mind. In the end, I am glad that my business took off, and I am still surviving to this day without a job.
We are so tuned to having employee mindset where we are affected by what others say about us. Let’s recap when was the last time you received feedback from others who criticised you? I learnt from my lessons that there were few things in common when people criticised you.
- They push through their selfish agenda so that you will do things according to their plan.
- They are jealous of your achievements.
- No doubt, some very helpful people gave constructive feedback. Sadly, not many and hard to find genuine ones.
Let me share my experiences, majority of the people fall into category 1 and 2. Seriously, I have been a volunteer for Singapore Association in Hong Kong and as a volunteer, we don’t receive any monetary gains, but we sacrificed our time and effort to organise events for our countrymen. Yet, I received multiple complaints, and I thought I did something wrong but as I looked back. It was purely because – I am NOT a YES man to a certain group of people who have selfish agenda in mind, period.
As I shared in my previous article, there are two main types of people. Either you are result oriented or people oriented. Like it or not, if you want to live your dreams, you need to focus on the results! Often result oriented and pleasing people are opposing each other.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked, leadership is defined by results not attributes.” Author: Ritch K. Eich
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Obviously, I am not advocating that we should offend people and ignore them entirely. What I meant is regardless which type of personality you possess, we just need to choose our friends carefully. Birds of feather flock together.
Don’t be easily swayed by their words to convince you to do things. Think carefully and analysed back what they said and what they had done. Look at the end result and who get the most benefit.
Fulfill your dreams. You have nothing to lose
Yup, you have nothing to lose since you know you are going to die one day. Either you choose security or freedom. Why not take a plunge and live your dream? As an entrepreneur, I often had many obstacles in front of me. Many new problems occur, and I don’t have a Q&A book to help me. Problems like employees were fighting amongst themselves due to miscommunications, employees suing me for their disputed last salary, employees refusing to work or late for work, new competitors appearing near my shops and priced much lower than mine. Do I let these things bother me and I give up? No, I don’t, I just moved on and learnt from every mistake so that similar mistakes don’t happen again.
For new entrepreneurs or going to start entrepreneurs, there will always have this fear, “how am I going to get income to feed my family?” Yes, it is a serious concern, and I always have this thought as well. However, I won’t let this thought overpower me and end up taking up a job. I will think of ways like seeking 2nd income or new business or lowering my expenses, and I won’t want to go back to corporate life again. If you have this spirit and desire to strike it out and live your passion and dreams then I would say to you, the chance is very high for you to succeed. Every day you will think of doing something to meet that goal and eventually one day it will be your turn to shine. Only quitters will get out the moment they faced some challenges. Are you going to fulfill your dreams or are you going to quit when tough time comes?
Note: If anyone decides to resign from his/her job without any income, kindly read this article first.
In conclusion, no one knows the future, but it has been proven time and again. Fortune favours the bold. I leave this quote to you.
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