“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we let our dreams lead us instead of our problems I think we would get much further than we imagine. People have said not to dream big – the real world sucks and life is hard. People have told us to just stop thinking about “living the dream” – it doesn’t exist. Here’s what I have to say: it does.

Here’s the truth: the real world does suck and life is hard, but that doesn’t mean dreams (big or small) don’t exist. Our dreams depend on our actions. If we want something badly enough we will go out into this harsh, sucky real world and show it who is boss.

There is a popular quote that I come across from time to time that reminds me of why it is important to chase our dreams and work hard. It goes, “Positive thoughts are not enough. There have to be positive feelings and positive actions.” Positive thinking is one of the most important parts of making our dreams come true. Sure, it sounds like a cliché, and well, it kind of is, but it’s completely worth it.

Positive thinking is not enough though. There must be positive feelings and actions as well. We can think positively all we want, but if we do not put those thoughts into action or believe they are real then what is the point of them?

We can lead ourselves to our dreams and we can take action to make anything happen. It may not happen on the first try, the fifth, or even the fifteenth. But knowing it’ll happen because of continued hard work and perseverance is what will ultimately take us to our destinations. We can conquer each obstacle we face and realize that we are working hard instead of allowing our problems to push us forward.

Problems are negative – why do we want them pushing us anywhere? We don’t.

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