Be Fearless in the Pursuit of Your Dreams

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“Don’t ask for guarantees. And don’t look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were heading for shore.”

Ray Bradbury

Even though it doesn’t feel like it, we spend most of our lives waiting. We find ourselves at one end of a dark tunnel and we wait for someone or something to take us by the hand and lead us toward the light on the other side.

Everyone has dreams. Everyone has a vision of the future in which they are the person they dream about on their most lonely of nights.

But something happens along the way. Something happens once people realize that you must take the leap and build your wings on the way down or crash and burn. When you stand to lose everything, well, that’s an awful lot to lose.

I am sorry to have to be the one to tell you that if you want the life of your dreams, you’re going to have to do what everyone else is afraid to do.

We spend our days wishing for better ones.

We want our very own fairy tale, but we don’t want to work for it.

Let me tell you something. That dark tunnel you’re in. Turn on the lights. Just do it. Turn on the lights. It’s up to you. It always was.

Don’t wish away your life.

What you have is what you are given. What you are right now is exactly what you have worked for.

We don’t get what we wish for, we get what we fight for. By ourselves. In spite of numerous obstacles.

Do you feel that life’s unfair? This feeling hurts, doesn’t it? Good. Push through it, because on the other side is something you want.

Don’t tell yourself pretty lies to make reality seem less harsh than it is. Recognize it. See things as they are. And then face them. Face them. Force yourself to solve your problems.

That’s how you turn the lights on. That’s how you escape the dark tunnel. That’s how you live.

Each day you spend wishing for this or that to happen only moves you closer to oblivion. To the final heartbreak: of having wasted your time on this earth.

Don’t dream. Visualize. Envision yourself becoming who you’ve always wanted to be. Imagine yourself becoming that person. How does it feel? Great, right? Now act like you already are that person and you’ll become that person.

And the world won’t be able to do a damn thing to stop you.


If you want to make your dreams come true, you’ve got to conquer yourself first. You need to be fearless in the face of all the obstacles that might come your way. You need to be willing to take the leap and grow your wings on the way down.

If you want to make your dreams come true, you are going to need to be fearless in the face of being disliked, because people will dislike you. People will not understand your dream, they will belittle your ambitions. They won’t see what you see, and even when they do, don’t expect too much from them.

This dream has been given to you because you are the one who’s supposed to make it come true.

Alexander The Great is credited to having said that he could rout an army of a million men with his power of will alone.

If you want to make your dreams come true, you are going to have to be okay with being ridiculed, misunderstood, ignored. You are going to have to be okay with looking bad, with making a fool out of yourself.

This is the part most people won’t do, which is why most people lead lives of quiet desperation.

If you want to make your dreams come true, you are going to have to let go of who you are in order to become someone who’s worthy of their dream. You are going to have to take a long, hard look at yourself and ask yourself the hard questions. This means that sometimes you will have to redesign your life from the ground up.

If you want to make your dreams come true, you will have to lose friends and alienate the people whose goals and ambitions are no longer aligned with yours. This is going to hurt. This is the most uncomfortable part about venturing outside your comfort zone, and this is why most people choose to spend their entire lives living in a hell that is familiar than to venture towards a heaven they don’t yet understand.

If you want to make your dreams come true, you’ve got to realize that sometimes you will lose your fire. Passions means to suffer. Sometimes you will have to suffer for your dream. You will have to be patient. Patience also means to suffer. There will be fear, there will be pain, there will be heartbreak.

But anything you do is risky, and the opposite of going confidently in the direction of your dreams is a life of fear and apathy and discontent so profound that you will struggle to shake off the gnawing sense of having lost something you never even had in the first place.

If you want to make your dreams come true, you have to understand that you have a choice to make: live with the irreversible sadness of being planted in the ground with a lot of unfulfilled dreams, or fight with everything you’ve got in order to make your dreams come true.

If you really want to live the life of your dreams, you’re going to have to be willing to do what most people won’t.

You are going to have to be uncomfortable.

You are going to have to be scared out of your mind and still do it.

You are going to find a way to save yourself when no one else is willing to do it for you.

And the world won’t be able to do a damn thing to stop you.

8 Comments

  1. This is really inspiring, I enjoyed reading this post.

    I feel like the harder we work towards our dreams and goals, the bigger reward. It’s also going to cost us a struggle, and that’s okay, because if our goals didn’t come with a price, then it wouldn’t motivate us to achieve them and work toward them.

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  2. Great post and I can relate to that. Becoming strong requires one to challenge him/herself in order to create that power shield. I believe that one cannot know how strong the shield must be until one goes through difficulties on his/her own. In addition to the shield one must have the right weapons: skills and experiences. We are capable of doing wonders far beyond our expectations.

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