阻挠你追梦的十大谎言 Ten Lies You’ll Hear Before Pursuing Your Dream


Unfortunately, just before you take your first step on the righteous journey to pursue your dreams, people around you, even the ones who deeply care for you, will give you awful advice. It’s not because they have evil intentions. It’s because they don’t understand the big picture—what your dreams, passions, and life goals mean to you. They don’t understand that, to you, the reward is worth the risk.
So they try to protect you by shielding you from the possibility of failure, which, in effect, also shields you from the possibility of making your dreams a reality.

Here are ten ill-advised tips (lies) people will likely tell you when you decide to pursue your dreams and the reasons why they are dreadfully mistaken:

1. You can follow your dreams someday, but right now you need to buckle down1) and be responsible.

Someday? When is “someday”? “Someday” is not a day at all. It’s a foggy generalization2) of a time that will likely never come. Today is the only day guaranteed to you. Today is the only day when you can begin to make a difference in your life. And pursuing your dreams is what life is all about. So don’t be irresponsible. Don’t wait until “someday”. Make today the first day of the rest of your new life.

2. You’re totally screwed3) if it doesn’t work out.

Wrong! This is a giant, lame4) load of BS5). You’re not even close to being screwed. In fact, the worst case scenario6) is that things don’t work out and you have to go back to do exactly what you are doing right now.

3. It’s safer to stay at your day job.

Sure, I suppose. But you know what’s even safer than that? Going home, locking yourself in your bedroom, and never, ever coming out. And just like that, you will have flushed your entire life and your dreams down the toilet. Remember, safer doesn’t always mean better.

4. That’s impossible!

It’s only impossible if you never do anything about it. The reason that certain things seem impossible is simply because nobody has achieved them yet. But this doesn’t mean that with your help these things won’t become possible in the future. If you truly dedicate yourself to an end result, almost anything is possible. You just have to want it bad7) enough.

5. Only a lucky few “make it”.

That’s because those lucky few got off their rear ends8) and did something about it! They had the drive, determination, and willpower that you have right now. You can be one of them. It’s up to you, and only you.

6. You might fail. And failing is bad.

Failures are simply stepping stones to the success. No matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be. Either you succeed or you learn something: win-win9). The biggest mistake you can make is doing nothing because you’re only too scared to make a mistake. If you can’t handle the failure, then you can’t handle the success either.

7. You don’t have access to the right resources.

It’s not about having the right resources; it’s about exploiting the resources you do have access to. Stevie Wonder10) couldn’t see, so he exploited his sense of hearing into a passion for music, and he now has twenty-five Grammy Awards11) to prove it. Get it?

8. You need more money saved before you can take the first step.

You don’t need more money. You need a plan. You need a budget. Eliminate ALL the nonessential costs in your life. If pursuing your dream requires you to leave your day job, figure out the minimum amount of income that you realistically require to live. Studying those who have succeeded with similar ventures also helps. But above all, take baby steps12). Don’t be foolish and assume that you must have a certain amount of money saved right now, or that you must quit your day job today in order to pursue your dreams. Instead, ask yourself, “What actions can I take right now with the money and resources I have right now to bring me closer to the desired goal?”

9. You don’t need any help. It’s smarter to go after it alone.

You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with. If you hang with the wrong people, they will negatively affect you. But if you hang with the right people, you will be far more capable and powerful than you ever could have been alone. Find your tribe and work together to make a difference in all of your lives.

10. That sounds like a lot of hard work.

You’re right. It does! But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. I think the success in life hinges on13) one key point: finding hard work you love doing. As long as you remain true to yourself and follow your own interests, values, and dreams, you can find success through passion. Perhaps most importantly, you won’t wake up a few years from now working in a career field you despise14), wondering how the heck15) am I going to do this for the next thirty years? So if you catch yourself working hard and loving every minute of it, don’t stop, because you’re onto something big, and hard work will not be hard when you concentrate on your passions and dreams.

Disregard these misguided bits of nonsense and you’ll be well on your way to fulfilling your dreams. As our friend Steve Jobs16) says: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by the dogma17), which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out18) your own inner voice, heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Now get out there and make a splash19)!

1. buckle down: 倾全力;开始认真从事
2. generalization [ˌdʒen(ə)rəlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n] n. 概括,归纳
3. screw [skruː] vt. <美口> 弄糟;毁坏
4. lame [leɪm] adj. 差劲的,蹩脚的;站不住脚的
5. BS [ˌbiːˈes] abbr. 胡说;废话(= bullshit)
6. scenario [səˈnɑːriəʊ] n. 事态,局面
7. bad [bæd] adv. <美口> 很,非常(= badly)
8. get off one’s rear end: 开始认真地做
9. win-win [wɪn wɪn] adj. 双赢的;互利互惠的
10. Stevie Wonder: 史蒂维·旺德,美国著名黑人歌手,婴儿时就已失明。
11. Grammy Award: 格莱美奖,美国一年一度奖励在唱片工业中有特别成就者的奖,可谓音乐界的奥斯卡。
12. baby step: 小步
13. hinge on: 依……而定,取决于……。hinge [hɪndʒ] vi. 依……而定;以……为转移
14. despise [dɪˈspaɪz] vt. 鄙视,藐视,看不起
15. heck [hek] n. 用以加强语气或咒骂,hell的委婉语
16. Steve Jobs: 史蒂夫·乔布斯,美国苹果电脑公司创办人之一、首席执行官
17. dogma [ˈdɒɡmə] n. 教条;武断的意见
18. drown out: (声音等)压过,淹没
19. make a splash: <口> 引起轰动,惹人注目


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