Why Follow Your Dreams? (2 min read)

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Anthony Cosimini

Founder & Owner of: Mistersherbetlemon

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Successful Living Writer

A Quick Background Story:

Ambitions form in people at a very young age. They often say a lot about what kind of person they may someday become.

A good deal of these ambitions are often well paid, respectable jobs with the most common being things like a doctor, firefighter, police officer, etc… However, when a child or teenager decides that they want to seek a career in the creative arts, they’re rarely provided with the same support from their seniors.

My own experience of the education system was disheartening to say the least. I was actively discouraged to abandon my ambitions as a writer or musician and pursue a career in social work, simply because a 20 question test (which, I might add, provided no questions regarding the creative arts) said I’d be good at it.

We all have someone who we respect the most in life. For me, my father is the one man I respect more than anyone else. He has provided for my family despite receiving a poor education and will be working an eight hour shift during his 75th birthday next week. He has been a fantastic influence on my life but when it comes to pursuing a creative career, his support becomes non-existent.

You see, my father values security over success and success over happiness. He’d rather see me earning money in a dead-end job I hate than have me pursue a job I love. To this day, he still recommends that I apply for a job as a flight attendant so I can see the world despite the fact I have a fear of flying. If I want to see the world I’ll do it in my own damn time! (And I hope you would all be the same way too!)

So What Can You Learn From This Story?

There are those fortunate enough to receive the desired support that can push them ever closer to their dream job but that support can be hard to find. My own personal experiences and the experiences told by my peers gives me the impression that the message told to creative people is usually “grow up and face reality” rather than ” “follow your dreams.” This both worries me and infuriates me to no end.

It worries me that there are so many creative minds having their confidence shaken by those who should support their efforts. It infuriates me to think about how many dreams must have been abandoned because of that mentality which encourages creative minds to aim for goals that are more easily attainable.

If you’ve grown up around this mentality or are currently growing up around it then I implore you to persevere against it. No matter what people around you say, nothing is unattainable so long as you work for it. It doesn’t matter if everyone thinks you’d fare better in another career path, you only have one life to live and it shouldn’t be spent chasing a career you don’t want.

If you’re a creator at heart then you should never settle for less than the freedom to create. Even if you’re not creative, you can do what YOU want so long as you strive for it with everything you’ve got! Whether you want to be a blogger, a writer, a business owner, a sports athlete or anything else, the only person with the right to say you can’t is you.

Committing to these paths is never easy but no matter what people say to dissuade you, all they can use against you are words. Let those words fly over your head and know for yourself that there’s no limit to how far you can go. Prove those words wrong and become exactly what you want to be.

This isn’t just a message for you, this is a message for future creators. If a time comes that you have children of your own and they have similar ambitions, you better be there to tell them it’s possible. But in the meantime, get started on proving it yourself…

Now what’s your story and dream…?

Article Credits: Anthony Cosimini

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

(For Book, Writing, Journal Bloggers & More)

61 thoughts on “Why Follow Your Dreams? (2 min read)”

  1. I absolutely love this post. I came across this at the perfect time. I’m in the process of getting ready for university and my high school graduation. My hope is to major in Global Studies – but I don’t have any support from my father at all. He believes in “impressing others” by majoring in the STEM fields. Despite this, I hope to pursue my dream. It’s been tough with loads of pressure and stress. I don’t even know if what I’m doing is right. But I’m just going with it. Hopefully everything will fall into place. Thank you for this amazing post!

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  2. “Let those words fly over your head and know for yourself that there’s no limit to how far you can go.”

    That’s damn right, I’m waiting for my “Eureka Moment” and do what I really want. Dead-end job are all around in Brazil, so I want to row against the tide.

    Thanks for the idea, God bless you mate. 🙂

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  3. I’m a teacher who wants to be an upcycler, a blogger, a writer and/or a translator for a living. So far I’ve received little support from loved ones, since I have a civil servant job (who pays me too little and stresses me too much), which is something I was willing to achieve because my parents have followed this path before, until I realized I should be benefitting from a creative profession. Thank you for your kind words. It’s so good that you’ve followed your dream.

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      1. We can, Robert. I’m thinking of doing an online free course on psychopedagogy, so I can get a sense of the field. I was recommended that and thought it was a good ideia because sometimes I have know idea of how to help my students who have learning disabilities. I just lack the knowledge and end up not getting anywhere. Do you go through that as well?

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      2. I thank God for you Renata,
        I go through that a lot of times.
        Do some search Renata.
        If you get some head way am here waiting for for you to share with me.if I do I’ll show you too.

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  4. I love this! My parents are always telling me how crazy and ridiculous my dreams are, and to be more “practical”. I.HATE.THAT.WORD. I can’t wait to one day prove everyone wrong, because I followed my dreams and they didn’t, and that no dream is too big. Like you mentioned, the only person who will ever know your worth is yourself. Thank you for reminding me of this ❤ *Followed*

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  5. This post is great inspiration for those who have a dream and are fearful to follow their true calling- even if you do not consider yourself an artsy person. People are born with unique talents and gifts at a young age but a lot of the time discouragement or just a lack of support can block dreams from becoming a reality. I can relate to the lack of support from family but my situation was more so a lack of encouraging me to be me and pushing me to try new things. Now that I am older and have taken control of my life I become inspired everyday through other people’s stories -much like the one you shared. Thanks for this post. -B.O.S.I

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  6. Beautiful post!!! Ambitious and Creative people truly live in our world. This is a fabulous remember that dreamers are not alone and our reality is actually very realistic after all.

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  7. Well said. I can totally relate. My dad has the same mentality with your dad. I know he’s very proud of me but he keeps on pushing me into the “safe zone”. I understand why because he only thinks for my security in the future. However, it makes me think if it’s what I really wanted until I reached the point that I already forgot what I really wanted. I’m 23 turning 24 next year. I can’t contain this kind of feeling inside my heart anymore so I decided to write him a letter on my 24th birthday to let him know how I feel. I don’t know what he’ll say about it but I’d rather see him fet disappointed at me because of the decisions that I’ll make in my life than blame him in the future because of my disappointments in life.

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  8. That True. I left my job from position of Vice President (PR) in advertising company long time back and Started working as professional photographer from the past of 5-6 years. I learned photography , spent my saving to buy all expensive camera , lens and other accessories, Now i am having my own existence in life and People respect me for this .

    When i left job. Everybody was surprised even in my family also but I never wanted to die as an employee of any xyz company. also i face finance crunches in my life but i never quit.today i am having website getting good business queries on other side i also sell my picture online through exhibition etc

    Today i am happy when working better as an professional photographer . Follow your dream and have a positive hope to convert your dream into reality .

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