Who Else Wants Their Dream Right Now Too?

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Catherine Hughes

Director of the 8 Women Dream Project at 8 Women Dream
Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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I’d like my dreams to come true right now please.

I am acutely aware that impatience does nothing to make things happen faster, or to our liking. Ever been impatient in traffic? It seems to slow everything down doesn’t it?

Ever pick up a magazine in the supermarket isle to read an article featured on the cover, only to have the check-out line move like there is suddenly a fire in the store, because you stopped caring about the outcome?

This is how the universe works. Impatience gets you nowhere. This is especially true when you are working on your big dream.

“The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.”

Dream achievement takes about 10,000 hours of focused and determined practice. I takes 10,000 hours to discover your passion, and become proficient.  10,000 hours gives you time to fall on your face a few times — and enough time to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start over again.

But once you decide we want a dream, you want it right now — don’t you?

This impatience is then usually followed by a phase of overestimating the ability, commitment, and environment of those who are already successful at what you dream of doing, while underestimating your own.

Then you give up on your dream before you’ve even begun.

But what if you start your dream accepting that it will take 10,000 hours?  If you’re not willing to push for your dream through at least 10,000 hours of preparation then you should quit dreaming right this minute. If you don’t value your dream enough to work on it until you succeed, then you shouldn’t go after it. Dreaming brings with it disappointments and times you will want to quit, but your ultimate success will not be based on your ability to avoid defeat, but in your ability to push through the disappointments until you’ve spent the 10,000+ hours working on your dream.

If you remain steadfast, if you put in the 10,000 hours, dream achievement will be yours for the celebrating.

But only you can determine if your willing to do it.

“What you do for a living is not be creative, what you do is ship,” says bestselling author Seth Godin, arguing that we must quiet our fearful “lizard brains” to avoid sabotaging projects just before we finally finish them. (Seth Godin: Quieting the Lizard Brain — Vimeo)

Seth Godin: Quieting the Lizard Brain from 99% on Vimeo.

Come back and check on me in 10,000 hours.  I’ll be here.


  • I would love to meet you for coffee, and I also need to connect with Wendy. Things have been a lttle nuts with my son already in football for Montgomery High. I will email you this week.

  • Danelle, the equestrian

    I’m so inpatient that, when I had trouble with Nikki today, I announced to my husband that I’m quitting – quitting everything – quitting my new dream (which he finally admitted to thinking it is completely unrealistic and unattainable), quitting my current dream and selling Nikki, and settling for being a mom and a mediocre part-time attorney. White underwear – here I come!!

    Perhaps we should have coffee? I could use some personal motivation.

  • Kim, the traveler

    We think we have all the time in the world, but time flies by. So it’s ok to be impatient.

  • Catherine

    Thank you. I know we need to schedule something before school starts. Lordy – that is right around the corner too. I am excited for your step in going back to school, healing the past can be powerful. I will be excited to see where this next step takes you.
    I have another dream for when my successes start – to open a dance center for women over 35, who want to dance again. I have another idea for our little dream club…

  • Wendy

    Hi Catherine,
    Great post! I think fear for me gets in the way of my impatience. It seems like there is never enough hours, time or resources to do what I want so I keep hoping things will slow down but my son is still turning sixteen in four months. Where did the time go? I am impressed by your meditation and dream board which is something I have yet to do. I look forward to meeting with you. Dance has also been one of my silent dreams. Wendy