About dreams, work & success

June 29, 2013






















What did John Lennon sing?

You may say I’m a dreamer/But I”m not the only one.

It’s good to have a dream.  You’ve probably had many and so have I. I still have them.

Things I aspire to. Things I’d like to do.  It’s fun to sit and fantasize. To dream of what might be.

But to make them come true? To get them out of the realm of imaginings and into reality?

We’ve got to do the work.

Yeah, I know, it’s a drag. Why can’t we just imagine our great success and poof! There it is!  Genies and fairies with wands are popular for a reason–they’re the easy way to success.  But, they’re imaginary.

It’s hard work to write a book.  Oh, it’s not difficult to put the words down. That’s the easy part for me. What’s hard is shaping it into something that’s effective. Good. Publishable.  Dreaming of seeing it on a shelf? Easy. Getting it there? Not so easy.

“I know some people look at us and think we have it made,” someone said to me the other day. “What they don’t see is what it took to get us here.”

Very true.

So if you’re sitting around writing your Pulitzer acceptance speech, close that document right now and get to work. That Pulitzer isn’t going to get up and walk over to you.  You’ve got to go get it.

5 comments on “About dreams, work & success
  1. You’ve got that right! I have found a WORLD of difference between those who want to write a blog or book, and those who actually keep at it day after day. First you must decide exactly WHY you want to commit to your goal for the next few years at least. Why do you feel driven to accomplish this task?
    It took one doozy of a midlife crisis (which continues to this day!) for me to commit to a complete career change, and the years of research and writing I have completed since 2005.
    Thank you for your writing. You have one lovely website here! – Laura Lee aka the Queen!

  2. Carol,
    I often wonder if dreaming becomes as much a goal as the real thing? Love the reference to writing the acceptance speech first!

    • admin says:

      I think some of us let the dream substitute for the real thing. It’s almost as good. I once (yrs ago) asked my therapist why we couldn’t just have relationships in fantasy, they worked so much better! (Sometimes I still think that…LOL)

  3. Susan Cooper says:

    Boy howdy. Anything worthwhile takes work, lots if work. I find that when someone resents someone else’s success, it’s because they don’t want to exert the effort to achieve it themselves.

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