Are You Funding Your Dreams or Your Lifestyle?
One of the biggest obstacle to people with dreams is lack of funding. As much as this is truly an obstacle for many dreamers, I believe it is just a well design excuse for others. Someone with a job and a dream shouldn’t really have the same funding problem as an unemployed person. If you have a job and a dream, then your job should help fund your dreams, at least for a start.
Eric Thomas asked “Are you ready to sacrifice who you are, for what you will become?”
Sadly, most people are just earning and burning with no end in sight. They use their salary to fund their lifestyle and then look for people to fund their dreams. Using your salary to fund your lifestyle and expecting someone to fund your dream is insanity in a category of its own. Some have got the car, a fancy apartment, full package DSTV and they celebrate ‘God knows what’ every weekend spending big amounts of money on alcohol. Then on Monday, they pull out their shinny business plans and start looking for someone to fund their big dreams.
Instead of buying a car and paying car installment every month, you can take public transport while building investing every cent towards your dreams. Instead of renting a fancy apartment, you can stay in a tiny room or share with friends while building your dream. I guess this is too great a price to pay for those who want to fit in but happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true. “A dream cost nothing unless you want it to come true” Dreamers aren’t supposed to live like everyone else. Why do you think the rest of the world mocks dreamers? That’s because we don’t try to fit in or be like everyone else. We are okay being uncomfortable and losing friends in the process.
“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” Anonymous
Salary should be number one source of capital to anyone having a dream and having a job. The sooner you realize you can never get rich off a salary the quicker you can start doing things differently. Financial freedom starts outside a salary. How many rich employees do you know? I am not asking how many fancy employees do you know? Being fancy, looking rich and actually being rich are different things. Most employees are trapped in debt. But the wise ones can escape a debt trapped by not going for a car and a house as soon as they get a job. Go for the dream first so that it’d be easier for you to get out of corporate once its time to focus fully on your dreams. Some people sincerely want to get out of corporate jobs but are trapped because they funded their lifestyle first when they got the job. Now, they keep wondering, who will pay for the car, the house and the lifestyle if I quit this job? This is a dilemma but I believe a new generation of dreamers can do things differently. Fund the dream first, suffer now and shine later. Great success requires greater sacrifice.
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” Anonymous
“The speed of your success is limited only by your dedication and what you’re willing to sacrifice.” Nathan W. Morris. Of course, not everyone’s salary can fund their dreams but if you can fund a convenient comfortable fancy lifestyle then you can fund your dreams. It is either you keep maintaining that lifestyle or you make sacrifices for your dreams. Dream big and start small. If you really want this entrepreneur life you have to make sacrifices and eliminate things holding you back from stepping up to new levels. The world is changing, entrepreneurship is the future and this is the time for us to start having these uncomfortable conversations.
“Let the rest do whatever, while you do whatever it takes.” Grant Cardone
– Nicky Verd