When it comes to work and career, it can be a bit overwhelming to look at all of your options. You probably have
many choices more choices than you think: stay at your current job, start a side-hustle, get a new job, wait for a promotion, quit and do something totally different, do multiple jobs, go back to school, join the circus. Ok, maybe not the last one.
But what happens when someone asks, “What is your dream? Are you pursuing it?”
I’ve always found follow your dreams to be a particularly annoying platitude. Follow my dreams? What does that even mean?
More importantly, it is intimidating to look at others who appear to have followed their dreams, and done so successfully. There are so many entrepreneurs whose lives have dramatically changed because they built their business in the right place at the right time (with the right people). There are even more individuals on traditional career paths who seem to have won the prize– the only prize.
In other words, the potential competition is discouraging, to say the least. It can be scary to look upon someone else’s successes; we’re tempted to think, why should I even try? She’s already got this.
I want to encourage you today to think again. If following your dream means that you will live fully alive, then you have no choice but to do it.
But someone else has already done what I want to do, you might say. I’ll admit, I’ve said that many times. And yet, I also happen to believe that there is more need for inspired people than ever.
The market is not over-saturated.
Get this: The number of people who need YOUR contribution to this world, is greater than the number of people who are making a similar contribution. This means, the need for you– your passion, your vision, your privilege, your gifts– is greater than any “crowd” you might join that is doing something similar to what you would do.
In other words, there is room for you.
There’s no need to say that everyone is unique; we already know that to be true. But even if you join an existing industry that is already up and running, what only you are able to bring to it does not exist yet.
Furthermore, if your dream is big enough, important enough, to merit a life’s work, then the world probably needs you to work on your dream.
So, if you’re hesitant about pursuing a dream because you think the world is too saturated with other people’s dreams, then be encouraged, my friend.
The world needs more dreams-come-true: the kind of dreams that will shape it, transform it, heal it, and feed it.
The need in this world is overwhelming. If you don’t believe me, perhaps it’s time to look beyond the limits of your daily route. And if you can bring to the world the beauty of your dreams, then there will never be another meaningless day in your life.
Have you made the space?
Now that you know there is a need for your dreams– that there is space for you– the question is whether you have made space for that dream. Because there’s no reason for you to pursue anything less than the first-rate version of yourself. The world needs your very best– that which you were created and called to do. There is always room for that version of you.