Stuart Goldsmith talks about the power of your dreams - and that
the only real way to live your life ... is to live your dream
No Approval Required by Stuart Goldsmith
It is your dream that counts, not somebody else's definition of
what constitutes a valid dream.
You do not need to get your dream countersigned by society and
have them approve it as big enough or important enough.
The dream is for you, not society. It matters not one jot if a
single other human being benefits or not from your passion.
You're doing it because you want to do it. That's the only reason
you need. If you want to make money from your dream, then it will
have to benefit others as well, but it's a very rare dream which
has no positive impact on the lives of others.
Big, planet-changing dreams are allowed, of course!
Just make sure it really is your passion, and not something you
are claiming to believe in for one of these three erroneous reasons:
1. It's so big you know you'll never do it, and so there's no point
in making a start. In other words, your grandiose passion is little
more than an excuse for in-action.
2. This is not really your passion, but you think it sounds grand
enough, altruistic enough, or worthy enough to be allowed under
society's definition of 'meaningful.' In other words, you feel that
small, personal dreams are not allowable, are too insignificant
and make you look like a loser.
3. Your dream is merely one, grandiose strategy for filling your
need - you could fill that need far more easily than via this complex
and unlikely scheme you have envisaged.
When you get in contact with your passion, and follow it, remarkable
life-changing events will happen to you - sometimes not exactly
what you might expect. Here is a story taken from Barbara Sher's
book which illustrates this point well.
The Story of Jessie
Jessie was 45, very quiet and shy. She lived in Atlanta, Georgia,
and ran an office for her husband, a well-known architect. He was
a star in his community, involved with meetings and parties while
Jessie did all the unglamorous paperwork.
Jessie had no idea what she wanted do with her life. She joined
a six person Success Team (a self-help group of about six people
who meet regularly to make each other's dreams come true).
Jessie's team did everything they could to help her find something
she'd love, though she couldn't come up with a thing.
"Why don't you look for a job you like better?" They
asked. "I don't know," she said. "I just don't feel
Months went by. Then one day, Jessie walked into the group and
announced: "I want to race sled dogs in the winter race at
Bear Grease." (Bear Grease is a small town in Minnesota.)
The team was flabbergasted.
"Are you sure?"
"Yes," Jessie said. "That's what I want to do."
"Do you mind telling us why?" They asked.
"I don't know why," she said.
"Do you know anything about sled dog racing?"
That was the end of the team's questioning.
Before I go any further, see if you can guess at the need which
this challenge might fulfill in Jessie.
Her team were so happy Jesse had found something she wanted that
they set out immediately to help find a training school, or a dog
racer, or anything. They approached anyone walking any kind of dog
and asked, "Do you know anything about sled dog racing?"
Finally, somebody did know about a summer training camp for dog
racers, and on a warm summer day, Jessie walked into camp, went
up to the trainer, and said, "I want to learn how to run the
He looked at her, a tiny 45 year-old lady in a straight skirt and
sensible shoes, and decided to discourage her. He hitched up the
team of dogs to a training sled on wheels and gave her the reins.
"Here," he said. "Practice a little. See if you
Suddenly he shouted to the dogs and they took off running. Jessie
could barely keep up with them. She tripped and slid and practically
fell on her face, but she stayed with the dogs all the way around
the track. When she finished and caught her breath, she smiled at
the trainer and said, "I love this!" He laughed, and consented
to train her.
When winter came and it was time to go to Bear Grease, Jessie realized
she knew nobody. She asked her trainer if she could use his name
for introductions and he said, "I can't do that, Jessie. You
are still a beginner, and I have a reputation to maintain."
So Jessie's Success Team took her to the airport and saw her off
with loud cheers and secret fears.
When she arrived at Bear Grease she found a tiny town, mostly one
main street, packed with snow and full of seasoned sledders sitting
around in clumps with their dogs. She forced herself to walk up
to one crew after another, asking if anyone needed a helper, until
finally, someone who had lost an assistant to the flu took her on.
And Jessie ran with a team of sled dogs over a hundred mile course.
The Success Team went wild when she called after the race and when
Jessie returned home, she was a satisfied woman. She told her team
all the gripping details with a big smile on her face. "Now,
that's happiness," one said. "It sure it is" Jessie
said. "What now?" her team said. "More training?"
"No," she said. "I'm finished. I don't want to do
There was a moment of stunned silence and then her team said, "Well,
what do you want to do now?" Jessie said,
"Quit my job."
It had never occurred to anyone in Jessie's team that she would
need to overcome a big challenge before she'd be ready to give up
her thankless job and go out into the world.
That was an excellent example of the power of dreams. Jessie knew
she wanted to change her life, but could not summon up the courage
to quit her job outright. She needed this intermediary dream to
help her realize a bigger goal - that of independence. It was, if
you like, a 'steppingstone' dream.
Until next time...
© 2003 Stuart Goldsmith - Worldwide Rights Reserved
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