On Pursuing Your Dreams

I recently discovered Gary Vaynerchuck and his YouTube videos. And not to sound cliché but a few of them have honestly changed the way I think and the way I want to live my life.

I have always known that I was not one of those people who would be content to spend my life working a “normal” job. What I mean by that is that I knew from a young age that I could never be a banker, or a receptionist, or dentist, or have any other job normal 9-5 job. I knew that I wanted a career that would influence people and have an impact on the world around me. Now this is not to say that I don’t value and appreciate the people who do those jobs, I do. I just knew that those types of jobs weren’t for me. I wanted something more. Something bigger.


So when I graduated from university this year and spent the summer working in a job I had also had the previous summer, I started to feel unmotivated and uninspired. This, along with Gary Vee’s videos, is what actually inspired me to start this blog. I realized that I needed to do something more with my life. And what better time than now?


If you are in your 20’s I highly recommend you watch his video called What To Do After College (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBXZlYdiizk).It really changed my perspective on a lot of things. I am a 23 year old female with a university education who has virtually no responsibilities or obligations. This is the most free I will ever be to do whatever I wish. This is the time that I should be taking chances and trying new things, even if they scare me. The fear of failing is something that I think pretty much everyone is afraid of. However it is something that we can overcome, and that we need to overcome, in order to go after what we want in life.


One of the main things that I took away from the numerous videos that I watched, is that you should be working harder for what you want. There are so many hours in the day that we waste watching TV or playing video games. And while these are fun and a good way to relax, those hours could be put to such better use. It is easy to use the excuse that we don’t have time to pursue our dreams, that we are too busy working full-time. But we do have time. One of Gary Vaynerchuck’s main arguments is that if you are working from 8am-5pm five days a week you still have from 5pm to midnight, as well as Saturday and Sunday, to put in the work to make your dreams happen.


So many people just get up every morning to go to a job that they hate or that doesn’t make them excited and isn’t something they are passionate about. And I understand that there are those out there that don’t have many other options because they have families to support or other obligations, and I totally respect that. But there are so many people my age that are the same way. They work all week looking forward to the weekend where they spend all their money at the bar to have a good time and try to forget about the week. Only to spend the whole next day in bed because they are too hungover to move. Could you imagine how much they could accomplish if instead they spent that time working toward their dream?

Now don’t get me wrong I love to have a good time, I’ve just been thinking a lot lately about what I want out of life. We only get one life. That’s it. That’s all. And honestly that scares the hell out of me. But that right there should be enough motivation for people to wake up. We take for granted this life we have been given. And we waste it away binge watching TV shows and spending hours playing pointless games.


So many people are afraid to go after their dreams because they are afraid of what others will think of them or they are to fail.


“People will judge me and think I’m wasting my time.”


“What if I fail? I don’t want people to see me fail.”


“There’s no point. I won’t be able to achieve it so why bother trying?”


“It’s too much work. I’m content where I am.”


I often talk to people and we will end up talking about what we could do if we could do anything in the world. And people will tell me about this dream they have. This business they want to start. Or this YouTube channel they would love to have. Or whatever it may be. And after they are done talking about their dreams I always say “well okay so go do it”. And I get this look like I just said the craziest thing ever. As if pursuing their dream and what makes them happy is absurd. I understand that there can be obstacles in the way, but no one ever said it was going to be easy.


To me it seems pretty simple. If there is something you want in life, go after it. It might work out or it might not, but at least you know you tried. I would rather try and go after what I want in life and have people judge me, than wake up when I am 80 years old and regret not trying at all.




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