The hard work, the ambition, sleepless nights, skipping breakfast and going after your dreams with everything you’ve got… what’s it all for?
Passion drives us to follow our dreams and strive to be the best possible version of ourselves, but sometimes while chasing those dreams, we lose sight of the ‘why’. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you are doing what you’re doing? Why you’re chasing a dream so aggressively?
I’m so glad to live in a time where a lot of young people seem to be going after their dreams or interests – we live in the age of so many talented artists, entrepreneurs or dream chasers. While all that is great, I’m starting to see the down side to living in this dream-chasing generation. So many people are going after their goals but getting lost at a point – we’re going from pursuing dreams for a greater purpose to pursuing them to outshine the next person. Now, I have no problem with people striving to be the best at what they do, if anything it has always been my philosophy to strive for greatness. However, it’s important to remember why we embarked on the journey in the first place.
When you forget the ‘why’, you stop focusing on your journey and start obsessing over how successful you look. We all want to appear like we’re “making moves” especially on social media. I stumbled on a quote that said “The internet can only get you so far if you’re not making moves in real life…”
The point is that the illusion of success is NOT success. We need to spend less time trying to appear successful to everyone and more time doing the work!
Don’t embark on a journey not knowing why you’re making the trip. Stop using your “success” to intimidate others and start using it to encourage them. Most importantly, be honest with yourself about why you’re doing what you’re doing and while you work hard, don’t forget to enjoy every bit of the journey. I believe that the most important element of success is happiness – if you’re not happy doing what you’re doing, then you have no business doing it!