The Road to Dream Success Can Make You Sick

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Sue Faith Levy is a motivational speaker and top blogger from South Africa. As an aspiring author and philanthropist. Sue's big dream is to spread her messages of hope and gratitude to women around the world with her motivational speeches and inspirational messages. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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Walking on Beach, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, South Africa, Africa

This past week I was in the hospital, diagnosed with dehydration and a bad case of Gastro Infection, where my stomach acid kept creeping up my esophagus burning the inside of my stomach and chest.

It’s not exactly the romantic vision you have of a dreamer is it?

But it does illustrate how passionate I am about what I am doing and just how hard I’ve been pushing myself these past few months.

Too hard I’m told.

It is clear to me that I need to slow down, but it’s hard when you can see your dream coming true and doors are opening up where you never imagined. It’s very tempting to work overselves to death, especially when there is a toddler running around underfoot.  Balancing our many “irons in the fire” along with a loving husband and family to care for can make us push ourselves beyond what is healthy.

It’s easy to be pulled in too many directions at once and neglect yourself.

When this happens and you don’t stop to rest the universe will step in and force you to slow down.

. . . And in honor of slowing down, this is a short dream success post today.

I must rest, but I want you to watch this video from Richard St John on Success called, The 8 to Be Great –

8 To Be Great are the key things that have taken the worlds most successful people from the bottom to the top and show the road to dream success.

The 8 Success Traits are:

1. Passion

2. Work

3. Focus

4. Push

5. Ideas


7. Serve

8. Persist

Richard says that the secret of success is: There are NO secrets. He studied success for over 10 years and the 8 To Be Great are the foundation for success in any field. Other factors will also help us succeed, but if we dont have the 8-Traits we can try as many secrets as we want, and we still wont go far in life.


Remember to just persue it, but pursue it in moderation.

– Sue

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  • Shellieacroft

    This is excellent and useful advice, Sue.  Be well, be blessed:)


  • ImanWoods

    Sue, your health and family come first. If you’re not healthy, you can’t take care of everyone or pursue your dreams. It’s ok to slow down! I commend you for taking time for yourself. This blog is wonderful, the video is so inspiring! Hugs to you!

  • Sue – home and resting is perfect! I love that video and the 8 traits that are so true. Now your work is focused on recovery and getting back to a healthy life – one that gives you some down time. 

    Take care – Heather

  • Cath

    So glad you are doing better,  Sometimes it feels good to slow down and rest.  About once every 3 months I spend the weekend around home.  I don’t go anywhere and I read a good book, or nap and just try and take a mini vacation from all that is going on.  It helps re-charge my batteries.  But this is difficult to do with a toddler.  They can be soooooooo exhausting, but pretty soon they start coloring and playing with other things by themselves and you don’t have to be their entertainment all of the time.

    Rest and be well.