Dreams come true. But dreams also don’t come true. For every dream that comes true, 9999 others don’t.
Call me a cynic, but not everyone gets to be what they want to be.
Not everyone has 9 business failures leading to a 10th successful one. Some people have failures leading to just more failures, and nothing else.
Not everyone who tries again and again, who falls 7 times and get back up 8, will ever succeed in their lifetime. Persistence may be a virtue, but it is no guarantee of success. Cancer might just claim your life while you’re slogging away at your 9th business at age 75.
Not everyone who says they would like to become the best pianist will become the best pianist. Practise as hard as you need to; at the end of the day, there can only be one best after all. And yes, talent is a damn thing. Maybe you just don’t have it. Or maybe you do, except that you’ve had the bad luck of being born with really short fingers.
The truth is that not everyone will live long enough to see their dreams turn into reality. This is a fact. We have millions of dreams in the graveyard that never came to fruition. Yes, some never even had the courage to try in the first place. But there are a bunch who did, who truly gave their all.
Yet I’d still have this to say to you: Dare to dream.
Dare to dream not because dreams do come true.
Dare to dream because we will inevitably become a better person by working our ass off to realise it.
Because the true prize has never been about the dream itself, but the pursuit of it. It is the journey that is the most valuable treasure. Or at the very least, I have chosen for it to be that way. And so, whether my dreams become a reality or not becomes irrelevant.
I am invincible.
You could say that my dream is simply to make the best out of my journey. To milk the journey for all the value it’s worth. Except that for this dream, I do not have to wait. I get to live it immediately upon making good decisions in my daily life.
It is completely under my control.
“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”
~ Arthur Ashe
Get shit done.