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Dream the dream that scares you the most


As a new year dawns upon us, it is often quite natural and appropriate to look back on the year that was and to think a little bit philosophically. As I look back and reminisce over the past year whilst planning for what is appropriately titled 20-self or the capitalists version being 20-wealth, I am astounded at what I have achieved in a mere twelve months. I am truly grateful for the opportunities to have engaged with bright young minds on various projects, travelled internationally, networked with highly influential and powerful people whilst focusing on my studies and more importantly, working towards my ultimate dream of running the world!

However, I sit and wonder if these dreams or goals have been big enough, or were they sometimes too realistic and easily achievable? I sometimes wonder if we have a predisposition to limit ourselves, our mindsets, our thoughts and even our dreams to that which we can achieve and make a reality. Are we so inclined to dream with limitation that we fail to dream the dream that scares us the most; the dream that causes you to have sleepless nights? The dream that makes you so uncomfortable and the thought of realizing it causes so many mixed emotions internally with fear, doubt, uncertainty, anxiety and apprehension pulling in one direction, and excitement, enthusiasm, joy, passion and exhilaration pulling in the other? Furthermore, are we a generation with low expectations of ourselves and what we can possibly achieve? Have we become so acclimatised to the notion of dreaming only that which is possible and attainable, rather than what is beyond our wildest imagination?

Lowell Lundstrum famously said that, “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.” As I ponder on this statement, I realize that only if a dream is large enough will it make us get out of our comfort zones and fuel the fire and burning desire within us to achieve it, as a large dream involves more risk and requires more effort and persistence than a dream which is easily attainable. This sentiment can be examined through an analysis of the greatest inventors of time such as Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, whom through the extraordinary dreams revolutionized the world. Locally, we can look at the likes of Mark Shuttleworth, Patrice Motsepe, Wendy Luhabe and Khanyi Dhlomo for inspiration.

Our former President Nelson Mandela is probably the best example of an individual whose dream was so large that once it was realized it unified a nation, and today we can all be proud to be South Africans and celebrate our freedom, heritage and democracy with pride – all thanks to one man who had a great dream for our beautiful country. In that regard, I challenge you to dream the dream that scares you the most and take the responsibility in making your dreams a reality. As Sarah Ban Breathnach states, “The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.”

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The Dream Deferred


Growing up, I was told that we live in a world of infinite possibilities; a world where if you wanted something badly enough, the universe would conspire in your favour just to help you achieve a part of your destiny. That philosophy has been at the forefront of turning my dreams into reality.

I remember when I was still doing my honours degree at university, I had huge dreams of being the next CEO of a multinational company (which I’d have started from scratch myself, of course), winning a Nobel Laureate Prize, starting my own entrepreneurship academy whilst gracing the cover of Forbes magazine. My dreams were as big as my imagination could allow me to dream, and it was not so much about the dreams themselves being so extraordinary, it was that feeling within me that passionately knew I could achieve all of these dreams and more that fuelled my burning desire to succeed.

Funny how a thing called “life” just seems to happen and gets in the way of one accomplishing those dreams. What happens to the dream deferred? Will dreams always remain that, just dreams? Is it so simple to just totally disregard our dreams because our current circumstances and situations may not allow them to happen? When reality comes with all its challenges, rollercoaster rides and when the lows seem to endure much longer than the highs, it becomes so easy to just pack your dreams neatly away “until further notice.” Looking at myself today being a young, dynamic and ambitious woman, filled with so much potential and having achieved so much in my 23 years of existence, I wonder what really happened to those dreams. Not wanting to sound ungrateful for the opportunities life has afforded me, I just want to ensure that when my time on this earth comes to an end; I have used up every inch of my potential.

I was once told that the biggest challenge of achieving any goal is starting, and finally it clicked that ultimately all success lies in action and execution. If your life is simply a reflection of your actions, would you want to risk living a life of inaction? The logic behind it seems so simple, however, there is one debilitating emotion that always works to your disadvantage, and that’s the fear of failure. However, a great attitude and the desire and determination to realise your dream will overcome any obstacles that attempt to hinder your success. Following your dream is not easy, and may require you to sacrifice your time, talents and money, but the thought of never realising your dreams because of negative thoughts such as fear, will be the ultimate sacrifice you will pay as you will never really know what you are truly capable of.

You may still be wondering, what happens to the dream deferred? You are the only one to determine that answer, but as you think of simply stacking one of your dreams away, remember these words by John Kehoe, “Your success helps others. Your failure helps no one. Don’t be selfish. Succeed.”

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The Pursuit of Passion


Being a twenty-something year old with a huge desire to achieve success – my name Katlego translates into “Success” or “Achievement” after all – In all facets of my life, namely spiritual, emotional, physical, financial and so forth, I am always faced with a daunting question, “What is your passion?”

Each time this question is asked, I ponder for a while and in a defensive manner reply, “I don’t know!” – Much to the dismay of the person asking the question, I always find myself lost in thought as to what it is I am really meant to do in life? What am I most passionate about? How can I use that to live out my purpose?

At this stage of my life I feel as if I am merely just checking off a list of societal expectations such as completing my degree, getting a job, finding the right spouse and advancing in my career and not necessarily fulfilling that innate calling for something greater and more gratifying.

In pursuit of finding my passion I have discovered that it is ultimately a learning experience that you will have to embrace. The key to finding your passion lies in discovering the things that makes you happy and give you satisfaction in accomplishing them. In my journey to finding my ultimate passion, I have learnt a few lessons. Read the full story

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The Dream Deferred


Growing up, I was told that we live in a world of infinite possibilities; a world where if you wanted something badly enough, the universe would conspire in your favour just to help you achieve a part of your destiny. That philosophy has been at the forefront of turning my dreams into reality.

I remember when I was still doing my honours degree at university, I had huge dreams of being the next CEO of a multinational company (which I’d have started from scratch myself, of course), winning a Nobel Laureate Prize, starting my own entrepreneurship academy whilst gracing the cover of Forbes magazine. My dreams were as big as my imagination could allow me to dream, and it was not so much about the dreams themselves being so extraordinary, it was that feeling within me that passionately knew I could achieve all of these dreams and more that fuelled my burning desire to succeed.

Funny how a thing called “life” just seems to happen and gets in the way of one accomplishing those dreams. That made me question, what happens to the dream deferred? Will dreams always remain that, just dreams? Is it so simple to just totally disregard our dreams because our current circumstances and situations may not allow them to happen? When reality comes with all its challenges, rollercoaster rides and when the lows seem to endure much longer than the highs, it becomes so easy to just pack your dreams neatly away “until further notice.” Looking at myself today being a young, dynamic and ambitious woman, filled with so much potential and having achieved so much in my 23 years of existence, I wonder what really happened to those dreams. Not wanting to sound ungrateful for the opportunities life has afforded me, I just want to ensure that when my time on this earth comes to an end; I have used up every inch of my potential.

I was once told that the biggest challenge of achieving any goal is starting, and finally it clicked that ultimately all success lies in action and execution. If your life is simply a reflection of your actions, would you want to risk living a life of inaction? The logic behind it seems so simple, however, there is one debilitating emotion that always works to your disadvantage, and that’s the fear of failure. However, a great attitude and the desire and determination to realise your dream will overcome any obstacles that attempt to hinder your success. Following your dream is not easy, and may require you to sacrifice your time, talents and money, but the thought of never realising your dreams because of negative thoughts such as fear, will be the ultimate sacrifice you will pay as you will never really know what you are truly capable of.

You may still be wondering, what happens to the dream deferred? You are the only one to determine that answer, but as you think of simply stacking one of your dreams away, remember these words by John Kehoe, “Your success helps others. Your failure helps no one. Don’t be selfish. Succeed.”

 

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