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When You Start to Pursue Your Dreams, These 13 Things Will Happen

When You Start to Pursue Your Dreams, These 13 Things Will Happen

If you’ve ever considered making a living doing something besides working 40 hours a week making someone else rich, this article is for you.

“The only true success that exists is when we find a way to make a living doing exactly what we want. When you wake up every morning and create your day exactly how you dream it to be, that is success. When your passion and your work are aligned, when you would do your job for free because you like it so much, that is success.” ~ Eric Dubay

1. You’ll step out of your comfort zone. Way out.

And then you’ll find out that comfort is overrated, anyway.

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2. You’ll get scared.

And then you’ll survive, and it will be impossible for the same things to ever scare you as much again.

3. Sometimes you’ll be uncertain.

When you’re uncertain, you can do one of two things:

  1. Stop and wait for inspiration to lead you to the next logical step, or
  2. Take a leap of faith and act, knowing that, even if you make a bad choice, you’ll survive and probably learn a heck of a lot in the process.

4. You’ll be tempted to bail out for something more secure. And you’ll get over it.

Job security is a myth. “Regardless of pension promises or signed contracts, the real fact of the matter is there is no ‘job security’ in working for someone else.  If at any time for any reason the boss has a problem with you, the market goes south, your contract’s over, the clientele fades, the account goes red, or the business goes belly-up, then you’re high and dry on your way to becoming an unemployment statistic.” ~ Eric Dubay

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5. You will doubt your sanity.

Yep. And so will most other people. But think about it: what has “sanity” has gotten them? What did “sanity” get you?

6. You won’t be able to please everyone.

There will be folks who are uncomfortable with what you are doing, and unfortunately, some of them will be people you care about. It’s okay; just keep your mouth shut and pursue your dreams without their approval. Pretty soon, you’re going to start noticing new people coming into your life whose hearts sing on your behalf.

7. You’ll learn just how brilliant and resourceful you really are.

And when you know that you can stand on your own two feet without any help—man, that feels great!

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8. You’ll realize how much you have to offer.

No more crawling around on your knees begging for what you need because you feel like you have nothing.

9. You’ll start meeting other people who chose to pursue their dreams, too.

There are lots of cool people out here on the ragged edge. This is where the creators are. This is where the children are. This is where the visionaries are. This is where the John Lennons, the Ghandis, the Oprahs, the Steve Jobs, the Bill Gates, the Nelson Mandelas, the Tony Robbins, and the Abraham Lincolns hang out. You’re in good company!

10. You’ll learn how to be patient.

You’ll learn that the best clients, the best gigs, the best customers are all worth waiting for, even if it means eating Ramen noodles and couch surfing for a year.

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11. You’ll learn to trust that your basic needs will always be met.

You survived your childhood in spite of all the stupid stunts you pulled. The universe isn’t going to let you die just like that.

12. You will discover the true meaning of faith.

“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, and the conviction of things not seen.” ~Hebrews 11:1.

“Assurance!” “Conviction!” This means that your dreams are already here, even though you can’t see them, smell them, touch them, or taste them yet.

13. You’ll wonder why you waited so long.

You’ll find yourself bouncing out of bed in the morning, eager to get started on your list for the day. You’ll have a burning desire to contribute to the world, to uplift everyone on the planet through what you do, because you love it so much. And even though sometimes it’s rough, it’s so much better than being a wage slave, you’ll never want to go back.

Featured photo credit: Tiny Ducks Fall Asleep on a Dock/Domenico via photopin.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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