This week my dream to be an international, motivational speaker has taught me a great deal about hope.
Allow me to further explain:
A few months ago I found myself a new mother, thinking: after this maternity leave I have to go back to website design.
But something just didn’t excite me about just doing design anymore.
There seemed to be no purpose to my work. I won’t lie, I love designing, but I wasn’t in love with doing a 9-5 design job.
Then I decided to start a blog. I wanted to pursue my long-held dream to inspire others with writing my most personal thoughts about my life’s experiences thus far.
Writing, as it turns out, is fun.
The thought of making a difference in the lives of strangers pulls me to my computer. I have to inspire the world. I have to write. No matter how busy I am, no matter if the baby is cuddled in my arms, no matter if I need to sleep — I have to write my daily inspirational posts.
They say you know when something is your dream when you stop treating it like a hobby and start treating it like a profession you are getting paid to do. I treat my blog like a professional publication. Not showing up to write is not an option for me.
Through reaching out from my blog to other inspirational women online, my inspirational take on life began to spread around the Internet.
After all the work, and for taking my dream seriously . . . this week I was published in a UK magazine.
I wrote an article called, “Why Being Positive is Good for the Soul” (See page 16-19,Opens in a pdf). Seeing my work published in an online magazine with other amazing women, along with the support from my friends and family, left me feeling emotional to say the least. When dreams begin to come true they feel surreal, but the emotions are good emotions.
It felt amazing to finally succeed at something after being rejected so many times.
Failure is hard. It can leave you so down in the dumps that you just want to drown in your own self-pity. But if you want to be a success at your dreams you can’t stay down for long.
I honestly got sick and tired of feeling sorry for myself.
I came to the realization that everyone who has a big dream has been forced to go through the process of trial and error. Successful people have made tons of mistakes — especially in the beginning. But the difference between successful dreamers and those who are not is that successful dreamers don’t ever give up. They never let failures paralyze their dream.
Successful dreamers nourish hope through those dark nights of dreaming. They try again, and again, and again. Through hope and perseverance, they accomplish their dream.
This is what I set out to do, and this is what I encourage you to do if you are in the dark night of your dream.
Now my dream journey is taking me to do more motivational speaking, which means my dream of becoming a speaker is right on track. This week I was offered the opportunity to speak regularly at an Academy in Cape Town, South Africa, where I will be giving speeches on how to be the best you can be.
It’s all very exciting.
Even though I grew up wanting to be a creative-inspirational person, I can now say that I’m achieving it with little baby steps. I am putting myself out there and letting people know about my dream and people are responding.
It’s so true what William Feather said, Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
If you are in a dark night of your dream, I want you to know that hope is there for you if you will just reach out to meet it. Allow what is testing you to wash over you and move on. Know in your heart that your dream is rooting for you to pick yourself up and start anew.
Tomorrow is a new day.
If you are searching for hope and feeling lost, I’ve brought together some interesting facts about famous people who refused to give up on their dreams –
Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive.” As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he succeeded.
Albert Einstein did not speak until he was 4-years-old and did not read until he was 7. His parents thought he was “sub-normal,” and one of his teachers described him as “mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams.” He was expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School. He did eventually learn to speak and read. Even do a little math.
Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city of Anaheim on the grounds that it would only attract riffraff.
English crime novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he published 564 books.
Leo Tolstoy flunked out of college. He was described as both “unable and unwilling to learn.” No doubt a slow developer.
Pursue your dreams and don’t give on what you feel you are destined to become. Know your value. Know that you deserve your dream and go for it with all your heart.
And finally, I’ll leave you with this:
Your greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall.
So today get up proud dreamer and grab hope by the hand and let it take you to places you never imagined possible.
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