Why It Makes Perfect Sense To Never Give Up On Your Dream

Wisdom from the greatest motivational expert in history

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway — Earl Nightingale

It’s so simple yet so profound. If you’re feeling disheartened that it will take five years to achieve your dream, then what is the alternative? The five years will pass no matter what you do, whether you pursue your goal or not.

You cannot negotiate with time. It will take however long it needs to take. But never think the payoff only comes when you reach the destination.

You’ll find value and reward in the journey too

We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile — Earl Nightingale

If it takes five years to achieve your dream, that doesn’t mean you must wait five years to reap the rewards. You will experience small victories along the way. We tend to think of successes as financial, but they take many forms.

  • What life skills have you gained?
  • What have you learned about yourself?
  • What ancillary skills have you acquired along the way? A writer, for example, might gain skills in questioning, research, editing, marketing, and business acumen.
  • How have your burgeoning skills helped others?

Small victories manifest themselves in subtle and unusual ways. Pay attention and celebrate them when they occur.

As you work towards achieving your goal, you will improve your skills. But how do you improve? How do you make sure you avoid hitting a ceiling?

What is mastery anyway?

One hour per day of study in your chosen field is all it takes. One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you’ll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do — Earl Nightingale

By now, everyone’s heard of the 10,000-hour rule. I’ll oversimplify it for you.

  1. And what does it get you?

The rare combination of perseverance and a commitment to improve every day give you an advantage over the competition.

Most people don’t persevere. Those who soldier on don’t always improve. They often get to a point where they try and protect their gains. Some folks persevere and never seem to get better at what they do.

The easy way to improve

In my quest to become a better writer, I follow a simple formula. You can find more sophisticated, well-studied theories on learning, but this works for me, and it’s ultra-simple.

  • Put it into action.
  • Evaluate the results.
  • Put your lessons-learned into action so you can incorporate them into your skillset.
  • Repeat the evaluation and incorporation stages until you’re satisfied that you’ve gleaned all the lessons.
  • Repeat the process from the beginning.

Why it’s so easy to screw this up

If you’re a writer, learn something new about writing or about a subject that interests you. Write a story and publish it. Most writers do this without any problem.

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Experimenter in life, productivity, and creativity. Work in Forge | Elemental | Business Insider | GMP | Contact: barry@barry-davret dot com.

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