There is a recipe that entrepreneurs who are living their dreams already know. How is it possible that some get to live the life of their choosing while others are left to wonder what their dream life would feel like? Are a select few born with the talent, the inheritance or the charisma to achieve their dreams while the rest must take life as it is? Not at all. The truth is there is a tried and true recipe that entrepreneurs who live their dreams know and you can learn it.
Here are the four simple ingredients to transform your dreams into reality so you can live the life you’ve always desired.
Belief is of paramount importance. Before the achievement of every dream there was first a seed of belief. You must believe you are capable of achieving what you set out to accomplish and believe that you are worthy and capable of making your dreams reality. Oprah Winfrey said every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself. The entrepreneurs who are living their dreams didn’t put a ceiling on what they could believe or achieve.
Belief is a beautiful thing. It’s the blueprint from which you will construct your dreams. However, the foundation you’re going to build your dreams on will be the discipline of relentless hard work and the discipline to act every day toward your dreams. It was football hall of famer Vince Lombardi that said “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand”. That’s the formula for winning in the game of sports and in life. You have to have the discipline to take action if you want to live your dreams.
Nick Woodman, founder of GoPro, shared the importance of this drive and discipline as he created his now legendary camera company saying, “To get GoPro started, I moved back in with my parents and went to work seven days a week, 20 hours a day. I wrote off my personal life to make headway on it.”
You have to be willing to put in the work and the discipline to achieve your dreams. It doesn’t happen without belief, but it also won’t happen on beliefs alone — you need discipline.
Vision is crucial to your dreams. Vision is staying in the game, staying motivated and sticking to your dream.
Daniel Elk, founder of Spotify said, “We led with our conviction rather than rational, because rational said it was impossible.” You have to have the vision to stand by your dreams, to want them despite the naysayers and to inspire those around you to help build your vision, too. Vision also means having the ability to adapt and be flexible with the way your dreams are unfolding. It’s the ability to keep going confidently in the direction of what you want during the slumps, lulls, hardships and ambiguity that will undoubtedly lie along your entrepreneurial path. Stanley Tang, founder of eMillions said success comes down to hard work plus passion, over time. If you work really, really hard over a long period of time, it will pay off.
Successful entrepreneurs will tell you that a life of your dreams is marked by many successes and surreal moments that happened along the way to where they are today. You never really “get there,” you constantly keep moving toward your ever-evolving dream. That’s why taking moments to acknowledge how far you’ve come is so important along the way to your dreams, because dreams have a funny way of becoming moving targets.
The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch. — Jim Rohn
Be the envied by following this recipe to living your dreams.