Everyone has a dream. No matter what dreams you are trying to pursue, whether it is to save humanity, to end world hunger, to overcome poverty, or to simply get a promotion or to change a better car, the truth is that your dreams matter.
We all have things that we desire in life. Even if you are just a student who is busy with your homework, you can still achieve your dreams and live life with passion. This is why sites like Edusson is there to give students more time to pursue their dreams despite having a busy schedule.
Talking about pursuing dreams as a student, you will surely notice that age is not a roadblock that stops you from reaching your dreams anymore.
According to this article from Lifehack, age is nothing but a number:
- Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook at age 19, became a billionaire, and the rest is history.
- Matthew Mullenweg used to work for CNET Networks. In 2005, he founded WordPress, a content management system used by over 60 million websites.
- Catherine Cook, the creator of MyYearBook.com started the website at the age of 15.
- Tumblr, the famous blogging website owned by Yahoo was founded by David Karp after he turned 21 years old.
- The same goes for Ryan Block, the person started Engadget when he was 26.
Therefore, if you are young and below age 30, great. This is your opportunity to think big.
And if you are way above age 30, don’t worry too.
This article from Inc.com shows the fact that the average entrepreneur is actually 40 years old when launching his or her first startup. And the average leaders of high-growth companies is 45 years old.
So, if you are young, then great. But if you are above 40, this can be your best time to dream big and to pursue your passion as well.
It is never too late or too young to dream a new dream or to realize your ambitions. Take the first step by daring to dream big dreams.
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Here are 10 good reasons why it is important to dream big and aim high:
1. It is inspirational and motivating
When you aim high and dream big, one of most obvious benefits is that you will feel driven and be inspired by your dreams.
A lot of people fail to reach their goals because the goals they set are not exciting and motivating enough.
Like what Tony Robbins said:
“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.”
When you set a goal that is big enough and exciting enough, motivation will come from within you. You will be up early in the morning because you feel excited. You will take action because you are inspired by it.
Hence, from now on, review your goals, and ask yourself if they are too small and fail to drive you to take action?
Most people fail to stick to their goals because they set impotent goals that are not exciting at all.
Your goals must be so exciting that you will want to jump out of bed to work on them in order to make them come true.
2. It boosts your creativity
When something is big and exciting enough, it forces you to think outside the box to reach it. And this is why thinking big and aiming high can boost your creativity.
Think about it, do you think that it is easier to achieve the goal of getting a raise of $100 or to earn a bonus of $1000?
Well, to get a raise of $100 doesn’t require much of your creativity. You just need to work longer hours, be more hard working, and then request it from your boss. Even if you choose to do nothing, there is a high chance that you will get the raise the next year.
The challenge comes when you set a big goal that it requires you to do something different. When you aim high, you will need to think creatively to achieve it.
3. It takes you out of your comfort zone
Yes, pursuing big dreams requires you to get out of your comfort zone.
If you are trying to do what you have always done, you will be getting the same old results that you have always got.
In order to make a change, you need to do something different. And this, my friend, is why you should aim high.
When you expand your comfort zone and do something uncomfortable, you will start to see progress. And different results will come to you.
I bet you don’t want to live the same year over and over again, right? You don’t want to relive your last year this year, correct?
So, don’t be afraid to make a change. But first, dare to dream big.
4. It makes you grow
As what we have talked about above, pursuing big goals requires you to get out of your comfort zone. And when you do that, that’s where growth happens.
You can never improve and grow if you keep doing the same thing. It is only when you do something differently, you will experience growth.
And to be successful, you need to grow. You need to improve, learn and become better each day. This is why aiming high is so important.
There is no way you can grow if you are thinking and playing small, because that’s what everyone else is doing.
5. It inspires others
Besides growth, you will also inspire others in your journey to pursuing big dreams.
Let me ask you a question, do you prefer to work in a prestigious company like Google or do you prefer to work in a small and a nobody’s company?
Most people will choose big companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc. Why?
Well, it is because these companies have big visions. They have big dreams and goals to pursue. And when you are inspired to be like them, to join them, and to be a part of them.
If your goal is to get a raise or a promotion, you will only inspire yourself, and maybe your spouse.
But if your goal is to build a product that can save people’s lives, it becomes interesting and inspiring.
Thus, dream big. Your big dream will inspire others too.
6. It attracts opportunities
When your dream is big enough that it can inspire others, rest assure that it will also attract bigger opportunities.
You become what you think about most of the time. If you are thinking and playing it small, you will attract small opportunity. But when you are thinking and playing big, big things will come to you.
This is why successful people who have accomplished extraordinary results have big visions. Learn from them.
7. It encourages long-term thinking
We all know that success is not a one-night thing. It will never come to you in the short-term.
Real success is long-term. It is not overnight. If you are wishing to make quick money in the short-term or without any effort, you are not going to achieve real success.
When you dream big, it encourages you to think long-term. And when you think far into the future and not intimidated by the short-term reward, you will produce better results than most.
You have to learn to delay the instant gratification in order to produce the future success that you want.
Read my previous article to learn how to think long-term:
8. It unleashes your true potential
How do you know how much potential you have? Well, you can’t. The only way you can know your own limit is to go all the way.
For instance, you can set a goal to earn $10,000 a month, but what if you have the potential to earn $50,000 a month?
Like I said, you will never know until you do. Hence, dream big and aim high. You thinking will unleash your potential.
9. It gives you better results
There is a saying from the successful director, James Cameron:
“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success.”
Aiming high actually gives you better results. When you achieve your big goals, you win. And even if you fail, like what Cameron said, you will fail above everyone else’s success.
The problem with most people is that they don’t even aim for the ceiling of their house. And then they wonder why they are not successful.
Thus, don’t be afraid to dream big and set big goals. Go for them.
It doesn’t matter if you fall. Just don’t stay there. Decide to dust off and get up again.
10. It provides you better experience
Your playing small will not give you the experience you need to be successful. Success is about how many lives you have touched and inspired. So if you are playing it small, you will help no one.
When you go big, you will learn something that most people will never have the chance to learn.
And this is where you can accumulate your knowledge, improve your skill, and learn the experience to become better.
My friend, you only live once.
And since you are going to be doing it anyway, why don’t you do it big?
Either you go big, or you go home. Otherwise, you are wasting your time. What do you have to lose anyway?