Don't quit the daydream

You are never too young or too old to become the person you dream of being.

I had my first quarter-life crisis at 25. I was an incurable dreamer, directionless, and the idea of having purpose hadn't quite hit me. All I knew was that I was suppose to be doing something remarkable with my life and I wasn’t doing it. Ah, the naivety of my youth. 

My mid-life crisis started at 34. It continued for about two and a half years and it wasn’t pretty. By this time the idea of having a purpose started to resonate but I still had none.

It wasn’t until a three-day residential development program I was attending for work that I had what felt like my truest a-ha moment. You know when that spark-of-electric-goodness-pulsates-throughout-your-entire-body kind of a-ha moment.

My path wasn’t suddenly and miraculously laid out before me with a orderly row of signposts marking the way forward. It was way messier than. But now, I had a purpose. And I’ve been trying to do my best to be on-purpose since.

We all have daydreams we romanticise about, ventures we want to start, innovations we want to make and inventions we want to create. Often we have so many wild and passionate ideas brewing and bubbling away upstairs that we can get stuck on where to start. If there's one thing I've learnt over the years, it's to stop overthinking and just start. Take a leaf out of Mr Facebook himself, Mark Zuckerberg's book "done is better than perfect".

Just start. Do the one thing you can do today.

Get comfortable with getting your hands dirty, and with uncertainty. Try different things. Use your failures, and yes you will have them, as a stepping-stone to success. Don’t get so caught up on getting it right that you stop yourself from having a go. Don't quit the daydream and NEVER give up.

As for me, I’ve come a long way since those early days. I’ve achieved a lot and learned a lot (so far) and draw on those character building challenges to support and inspire the people I work with, to help them get clarity and create direction a lot sooner. I wish I knew people who do what I do now existed back then. I really do.

What is your most important daydream? What one step could you take today, no matter how big or small, to move closer to it?

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