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Stop delaying your dreams

When I was 19 I spent a few months living in Hong Kong. The young adults there were extremely stylish and I wanted to be a stylish too.

So I told myself that once I returned to the US I would invest in some really cool clothes.

I walking across the street in downtown Hong Kong when it hit me: waiting to chase my dreams – even my shallow ones like dressing well – was stupid. I was alive and well now, why the hell would I wait?  I went out and bought a cool pair of jeans and a T-shirt. I started feeling good, but not because I was marginally more stylish. I felt good because I was finally taking action on something I wanted to do, instead of just going through the motions.

I realized that the time to begin working on your dreams is always right now. If there is a good reason why you can’t do it now (and I’m talking about something very serious, like your mother is in the hospital, for example), then the best time is as soon as humanly possible.

It’s normal for us to delay our dreams, to put them off by some measure of days. But those days inevitably becomes weeks, then months, then years, then a lifetime.

We tell ourselves, “I’ll work for another year in a boring job I hate to save money before I switch to a more creative, exciting job” or, “I’m too busy this semester to volunteer in Nicaragua, but maybe I won’t be next semester” or “I want to start creating an awesome business/non-profit/art collective/restaurant/whatever, but I know my family won’t approve.”

It’s natural for us to delay our dreams. We think that there will somehow be more fertile ground and more opportune timing in the future, so we feel comfortable perpetually pushing them off because we don’t have to risk failure.

The thing is, we have no idea what the future will be like, but we know one thing: now is the exact perfect time to start. Now. Like today. Call in sick from your job and use your day off to start working on your dreams. Make something happen.

If you don’t start now, chances are you’re just going to keep delaying your dreams. That’s what you’ve been doing all along right?

So start now.

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