Following your dreams is a courageous path, it takes strength, perseverance and hard work to try and get to where you want to be. It also usually means taking the more difficult path in life, the one with bumps and curves along the way that might knock us off course entirely.
Despite these off-putting elements, there is a reason why so many people continue to pursue their dreams and ambitions, and that’s because if it pays off it really pays off. Maybe financial success awaits you at the end, but more importantly gaining success at something you enjoy doing is incredibly rewarding. There are so many lessons you learn on the road to success, here are just five that you might experience along the way.
It’s A Lot Of Work! – Unsurprisingly, if you want to achieve success there is no shortcuts for us mere mortals. Unless you have a rich and famous family, it is unlikely that anyone is going to give you a big opportunity without having proven yourself first. Being hardworking is the key to most successful people and going above and beyond what others are doing. Starting your work day early, constantly striving for achievement in each day and being more of a doer than a talker can all contribute to making you a success.
It’s Not What You Know – Having knowledge is important, and the more information and education you have the better, but it is still not enough. In order to turn your ambitions into reality you need to be savvy in every way, networking and communicating with other people is extremely important. There are opportunities that come from the people you meet that would never exist otherwise, cultivate your working and personal relationships and spend as much time on them as you do academia and you will have a recipe for success.
You Will Want To Give Up – At one point or another, you will want to give up on your dreams for an easier, more stable path. No-one said following your dreams would be easy, it is a testing experience and one that will either make or break you. If you want to give up, maybe try something different for a while and take a breather. Being unhealthy, unhappy and stressed isn’t a good idea for anyone. However, it is possible to get through these difficult times and persevere. You just need to work hard, be strong and pick yourself back up – the only person capable of breaking you is yourself.
You Will Compare Yourself – “Comparison is the thief of joy.” No matter what you are doing in life, someone, somewhere is doing something bigger and better. Does that mean they are happier than you? Does that mean your life is not as good as a result? No! Focusing on what other people are doing, and on other people’s supposed success does not add anything to your own life. We all get the green eyed monster from time to time, but you never know what goes on in other people’s minds or lives so don’t get caught up in it too often. Focus on yourself, that is the only person you need to improve on and do better than.
You Will Experience ‘Failure’ – Failure is a big word, it implies that something went drastically wrong when actually failure is often the beginning of a new opportunity. If we look at the things that go wrong, no matter how big or small, they all have their place in our lives and serve to teach us the right way forward. Look at perceived failures as lessons and opportunities and you will be less likely to feel bad about them.
“I haven’t failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” – Thomas Edison