How Many Of You Defy Convention To Follow Your Dream?

United States
February 15, 2008 11:00am CST
I like this message that came into my email. It says a lot. How many of you have ever stepped out of convention to follow your dreams. Did people consider you nuts for doing it? Here is the message I got: Enough Love "When you choose to follow your own path, people will think you are nuts. You must accept this and go on." —John R. Colt More often than not big dreams defy convention. That doesn't mean the dream is impossible, it simply means you have to step outside the box of conventional thinking to realize it. The nice thing is, once the dream has manifested — and it will if you're committed — many of those who are calling you nuts now will be the first to brag of how they "knew you when." More importantly, you'll be inspiring others to step outside and let their own dreams comes true. You'll be in good company, too. At some point every great leader was thought to be nuts by somebody. May you always be willing to go after your dream anyway.
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@Jemina (5784)
17 Feb 08
Sometimes following conventions does not take us where we want to be. I love to try things on my own, something that is unique. Also I try to read about how other people reached their dreams which does not necessarily mean they also followed conventions. I just observe and make my own experiment. It's nice to reach our dreams or goals.
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@Jemina (5784)
13 Mar 08
Aww! Thanks a million for the BR.
@gandatwo (602)
• Australia
15 Feb 08
Nuts,that rings a bell.Yes I have always been my own person,sometimes to my friends annoyance..but hey that's their problem,I do not take it on.Love me or hate me is my motto,honestly don't care. I do however respect their point of view and their experience, all of which brings us growth. To open ones mind and keep it open takes a little pratice,sure pays off though.Great discussion sunshinelady Cheers
• United States
16 Feb 08
This is the way I look at things is I am who I am and take me as I am. I am satisfied with who I am and I don't need to follow convention to prove who I am. I follow my heart and that is how I do things. I do listen to others experience and draw from it but I am not concerned if I am not doing things to others way of thinking. Thank you. I thought these were good thoughts and have a lot of meaning to them.
@kykidd (6820)
• United States
15 Feb 08
I am in a similar situation right now. I lost my job due to company downsizing and have decided to follow my dreams of working for myself and building a website. It is very time consuming and I work very hard at it, yet everyone keeps asking me when I am going back to work. Do they not realize I am working?
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• United States
15 Feb 08
That is just it. People think if you don't have a job that you walk out the door, get in the car and leave and go to work than it is not a job. That is very wrong. Just because they don't consider it a job in their way of thinking doesn't make it any less important. It is and there is a lot of time that goes into working for oneself. Don't get discourged just hang in there and you will be on your way before you know it. Working for your self and being satisfied.
@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
16 Feb 08
I am a full non-conformist,always have been,I guess it amounts to,whatever everyone else thinks is proper and right,I go the oppositeif you say that is ompthing that should only be collected by girls,I will start collecting it,if someone loves the idea of government,I do not. being called "strange or nuts " so what. but in my case,I can blamb depression,but I actually think I would be this way even without it.
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