Don’t Let Others Choose Your Dream

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If you want to be a leader you’re most likely going to start your own business, or create a unique idea for your existing employer. It’s difficult to do this if you’re only chasing others opinions of what you should become.

Steve Jobs started out as a college drop-out working for Atari. What if he kept building video games and never followed his passion of building the technology empire that is now Apple? Jobs was good with technology. He probably would’ve built some pretty neat games. Jobs could have also finished college, got a job at an existing technology firm and done as he was told by his superiors. But he ignored the skeptics, his peers, and probably his parents. Thanks to Jobs, our entire personal and business workflow sits in the palm of our hand.

Elon Musk, one of the co-founders of PayPal started out with a degree in physics and economics. Musk could have stopped his entrepreneurial work with PayPal. After all, the company was sold to eBay for $1.5 billion, but Musk didn’t stop with his work on PayPal – he had bigger aspirations, and overcame skeptics to achieve his dreams. In this article posted by www.sfgate.com, a recent 60 Minutes interview with Musk, conducted by Scott Pelley, reflects on the early years of Musks’ life.

“Although he’s seen as one of the Silicon Valley’s major players, things weren’t always so rosy for him. In his interview with Pelley, Musk says 2008 was the worst year of his life when both companies came close to going bankrupt and he was both broke and in debt.” 

Elon Musk has gone on to build Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and other major corporations that could substantially improve the way we create renewable energy, travel, and see the universe.

According to this article by Business Insider, at age 19 Oprah Winfrey began her television career as a co-anchor for a local TV news affiliate. What if she stayed in the news business? What if Oprah, reportedly worth an estimated $2.9 billion, just threw in the towel on her dream of being a talk show host, actress, philanthropist, and owner of her very “OWN” television network?  Oprah could have made a career for herself in news – but she had bigger dreams.

Don’t let anyone choose your dream for you. Don’t stay put or settle for being comfortable. To become a leader you have to define at least one dream you want to aspire to. Be it grandiose, or just exciting, decide what your next supreme venture is going to be.

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