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Dreams: Sam's Dream Blog Celebrates 100 Inspirations

This is a big week on Sam’s Dream Blog!  Here at SDB, it’s celebration time for 100 posts.  Whether you have read every post, several posts, or maybe you are making your first visit, thank you.    

Here are some highlights from the first 100 posts. Follow the underlined links for the full interviews.

1. Writer Will Leitch graciously helped to kickstart SDB. First and foremost on the journey toward your dreams, Leitch says, "You have to be willing to go down with the ship. You can’t look for an escape hatch."

2. Now that you’re committed to your dream journey, per Will’s advice, Dallas Mavericks owner and business mogul Mark Cuban has this to say: "You have to determine whether or not you are willing to commit to working 20 hours a day, 7 days a week?"

3. While you’re at it, "Learn whatever you can from whoever is going to offer it. Every day you should be learning something new," San Francisco sous chef Adam Nichol says.

4. Of course, maybe your dream pursuit cannot be at the forefront of your life right now, due to other limitations for the time being.  Take heart in what leadership expert John Maxwell says: "When it comes to being an authority on a subject, spend one hour a day, five days a week, for five years. Earl Nightingale says that by doing that, you can become an expert on any subject?"

5. If all that sounds daunting, think back to your childhood, Harvard Business Review contributor and TEDx speaker Whitney Johnson says: "Each experience that we have, the good and especially the things that happen to us that we don’t deserve, shapes our dreams.  For example, one of my biggest dreams, which is to encourage others, came, I think, [because I didn’t hear enough] encouraging words as a child.  I deserved that, and I long for that sometimes. Yet, without that, would I even have felt [compelled] to begin writing about dreams in the first place?"

6.  "Exhaust all opportunities for growth," including volunteering, career expert Alexandra Levit says.

7.  Speaking of opportunities, "It’s important to know you want to do things the right way, no matter if it takes longer to accomplish. I guess it’s just being patient," Hollywood manager and producer Trevor Kaufman says.

8. Drybar’s Alli Webb has this to say about your dream pursuits: "It’s key to identify your target consumer and to make sure the need for your business really exists on a scale large enough to sustain the business for the long haul. Then execution is the next hurdle. Be prepared to work tirelessly to really nurture your idea."

9. Candy connoisseur and Sugarfina co-founder Rosie O’Neill keeps her advice about dreams short and sweet: "Try new things as often as possible, stick with what you like, and don’t waste your time with the things you don’t like? Life’s too short."

10. Finally, remember this advice from Estella’s Brilliant Bus inspiration, Estella Pyfrom:.. "Don’t shy away from your dreams. Don’t listen to negative people that say it’s not going to happen.  If you have a dream and you are willing to work for that to make it happen, it can happen."

If any of these comments particularly resonated with you, let me know below, and share with a friend!

Dreaming: Are You? If Not, Start

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What’s your dream?  It’s a question I ask often around here and on the Sam's Dream Blog Facebook page.  When you think about dreams and goals, do you sigh wistfully and say, 'I wish that were I' or 'One day?' Or are you taking steps toward making your dreams, however big or small, happen?

From my perspective right now (I say "right now" because perspective is allowed to change), I think this kind of dreaming involves a mix of thinking big and thinking tangibly. I’m pretty sure dreaming happens in that order.  Start with something huge, I mean ginormous. A lot bigger than what you think you could check off your to-do list anytime soon. A lot bigger than what you could accomplish by yourself. As Dare, Dream, Do Author Whitney Johnson says, "We really do dream best when we dream together."

We’ve got to dream big to stretch ourselves. Once we have this new capacity and space to dream, then we can become a bit more pragmatic about how to make our dreams happen. I’ll share more about that another time.

For now, my question is, do you have a list of dreams you are moving toward? You know, the stuff that your mind wanders to when you have a free moment?  The stuff that causes you to say, 'That would be so fun!' Here are some ideas to get your wheels going if you need help:

http://www.abundancetapestry.com/111-ideas-for-your-bucket-list/

http://matadornetwork.com/notebook/50-things-to-do-before-you-die/

http://www.bucketlist.net/lists/all_lists/?sort=count

If you have already been dreaming, would you share one or two dreams with me?

Thanks for reading and for being part of  the Sam’s Dream Blog community!