Because it’s there.
Your dream, no matter how distant, unattainable, or impossible it may seem, is real.
It’s part of you, no matter how far you run from it.
George had a dream. He wanted to be the first human to summit Everest. He tried once and failed. He tried twice and failed again (this time costing 7 people their lives).
So when a New York Times reporter asked George Mallory why he wanted to make a third attempt at the unconquerable mountain, he replied with three simple words:
Because it’s there.
George died on this third attempt. From afar, one would think Everest beat George, maybe even laughed upon hearing George’s response to the Times reporter.
But it’s not true. George beat his mountain. Instead of living in it’s shadow his entire life, he faced it head first. The thought of living with regret of never attempting to conquer his dream killed him, literally.
Some say George’s early death was a tragedy. I say it’s an inspiration.
The Only Reason To Go After Your Dream
There are thousands of reasons why you shouldn’t go after your dream.
It’s too risky. It’s too expensive. I’m too scared. I’m not ready. People will laugh at me. I’ll fail.
But these reasons are often trumped by the one and only reason to go after your dream: Because it’s there.
It’s that simple. The only reason you should go after your dream is because it’s there, waiting to be conquered.
But why do we struggle day after day to even acknowledge we have a dream? Why do we give up before trying?
Because even though the reason to go after our dream may be simple, putting into motion action to go after it isn’t.
Chasing after your dream is hard work. Like George, it may cost us the rest of our lives.
I get it. Those thoughts are terrifying enough to send people home after gazing upon their mountain – back to their comfortable, predictable, safe world.
The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness. (Not my words)
Stop Coasting Through Life
I hate seeing young people coast through life. It pains me to see people (at any stage in their life) with potential turn all of it down for a secure and comfortable life.
Stop coasting Instead, imagine what your life would look like if you had complete control over all aspects of it.
Here’s what I imagine for my life:
I don’t work in a cubicle for a predefined set of time. Instead, I work when and where I want.
I don’t send my kid to daycare. Instead, I’m a stay-at-home dad who doesn’t give a crap about social norms.
I don’t expect a bi-weekly paycheck. Instead, I make money when I work hard. And if I work really hard, I make money even when I’m not working.
I don’t watch my parents limp into retirement. Instead, I help them start a pub where my mom cooks her amazing food and my dad brews his fantastic beer. I watch them find fulfillment in something they created together.
I don’t passively stay in touch with my friends and family. Instead, I use whatever clout and resources I accumulated to invest in their lives and dreams.
I don’t worry about how I explain what I do for a living. Instead, I just focus on living.
This exercise fires me up. Everything I mentioned above is possible!
However, I know for me to get to that stage in my life will take a lot more work.
I’ve already put in over 3 years of work just to get me to the point of being able to think about quitting my full-time job and pursuing my dream. But imagining what my life could be pushes me forward.
I can see my Everest. It’s right there, ready to be conquered. Can you see yours?
Don’t run from it because it’s there. Go after it.
I wrote this post in preparation for something I am launching October 14th. If you want a sneak peek, go here to learn more.