Business life lesson - Don’t let anyone steal your dream
Dave Prouhet at Business Advice Daily tagged me for My Business Life Lessons. This is going to be a ten part series. When I started this, I didn’t realize it will take this long for me to finish this meme. But developments in the off-line world caused a delay. I should be able to complete this series pretty soon, Dave. So, here is my sixth lesson.
Do not let anyone steal your dream. Donâ€™t ever let anyone tell you â€˜you canâ€™t do itâ€™. Want your dream badly; taste it, feel it and it will be yours.
This holds true for any aspect of your life - personal and professional. Dreams are very powerful. You look at history and see the first thing great leaders have done. They dreamt. Also, what was the first thing that dictators and anarchists did? They killed peoples ability to dream. O yes, dreams are powerful indeed. Here are some examples of my dreams. Care to share yours?
A 12 year old’s dream
I grew up in Bombay (now Mumbai, but I prefer the old name because it has more brand recognition) â€“ a city teaming with people where competition is intense and entrepreneurship a way of life. Anyone living in a major metropolis like New York or Toronto can attest to a city life as a rat-race. At to that a bustling population and you know what I am talking about when I say competition. When I was in grade eight I happened to visit Nariman Point. As Bay Street is for Toronto, as Times Square is for New York, Nariman Point is to Bombay.
I was very enamored with that place. I stood there - right in the heart of (then) India’s financial engine. This was the place where decisions that impacted India’s economy was being made. I instinctively decided I would work here one day. That was a goal of a 12 year old kid (yes, we start school at the age of three. Didnâ€™t I tell you it was very competitive out there?) I company I worked with in my first job, about eight years later, was headquartered in Nariman Point.
Dream of a well balanced life
Here is another one that I would like to share. Canada fascinates me. The flora and the fauna are amazing. The people here are very sweet and politeness here is a way of life. Having traveled around a bit, I realized life need not be a rat race exclusively. You can lead a better quality life striking the right balance between work and family. I decided to give life in Canada a try.
When I visited Canada, I knew I wanted to live here. If you have ever been to Cabot trail, for example, you know what I talking about. It had taken me over ten years of planning and saving to move to Canada, but I did eventually achieve my dream. (By the way, you need to test exhaustively before you make a final decision.)
Hereâ€™s a little flow chart of the “critical path” of how I see dreams turning to reality.
You can only control things that are in your control; i.e. in your micro environment. You cannot control the macro environment; i.e. there are things outside your control. Hence the feedback loop from the “monitoring” section. You may have to modify your dream. For example; if it was not possible for me to move to Canada due to say, changes to the immigration policy, I may have had to choose a different destination. And that’s out of my control.
Dream BIG. And don’t ever let anyone tell you, you cannot achieve it. Your dreams are yours to achieve. But you have the dream to begin with.
[Update]: Here is an inspiring story about Phil Johnson - When did you know you were committed.
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