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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.

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020

11 Things Overachievers Do Differently

11 Things Overachievers Do Differently

We all know some overachievers: supermoms who manage to get online degrees between cleaning, cooking, and taking kids to practice; students who write 10-page papers when the directions call for 4; managers whose resumes look more like pages from the Guinness book of Records.

How do they do it all? How is it possible that one person can graduate at the top of their class, found an orphanage in India, run 30k marathons, write a best-selling book, travel all over the world and learn to speak Mandarin Chinese while having a full-time job?

What’s the secret of an overachiever? Here’re 11 things overachievers do differently that you can learn from.

1. They Know How to Manage Their Time

It’s pretty simple actually – you can never become an overachiever if you don’t know how to organize your time efficiently.

The great thing is that overachievers are ready to share their knowledge and time management talent with the rest of the world. Read The 4-Hour Workweek or The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

2. They Don’t Spend Hours Watching TV or Playing Computer Games

Mostly because they have better things to do, like exercising, reading, spending an evening with their family or volunteering to work in the local soup kitchen. Their philosophy is simple – the world is full of wonderful things to try, explore and experience. Watching TV is not one of them.

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3. They Are Obsessed With Perfection

Imagine Steve Jobs’ work approach and you’ll understand the level of perfection and painfully high standards that overachievers set for themselves and those around them. Often it pays off (especially if they focus on just one domain). But sometimes compulsive over-striving turns into a sure-fire road to disappointments and unfinished tasks.

Learn how to strike a balance: How Not to Let Perfectionism Secretly Screw You Up

4. They Know How To Inspire

Overachievers learn quickly that it is much easier to achieve goals through collaboration (and especially delegation). So they know how to inspire, encourage, persuade and motivate people around them. Even though they often drive their team crazy with their stubbornness and perfectionism, people quickly follow under the spell of their enthusiasm and greater vision.

Learn these 10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively.

5. They Set Clear Goals

The term “overachiever” itself implies that they know how to achieve goals. That is kind of hard to do if your goals are vague, unclear and lack specific deadline, which is why overachievers educate themselves, read goal-setting books, and think about the best way to approach a new task.

Although, it’s worth mentioning that overachievers usually use their time management and goal-setting skills towards competitive, “I want to kick butt” type of goals rather than self-improvement, mastery goals.

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Take a look at these tips to help you set clearer goals: What Are SMART Goals (And How to Use Them to Become Successful)

6. They Are Organized

It’s hard to imagine a disorganized overachiever, isn’t it? Their great organizational and planning skills usually serve three main purposes: keeping track of time, keeping track of progress and keeping track of achievements.

This hasn’t been confirmed by scientific research yet, but overachievers might actually get a “runner’s high” from crossing tasks off their to-do lists, and making new to-do lists.

Here’s How to Organize Your Life: 10 Habits of Really Organized People

7. They Try to Avoid Failure at All Costs

Some psychologists believe that overachievers place their self-worth on their competence, driven by an underlying fear of failure. Rather than setting and striving for goals based on a pure desire to achieve, their core motivation becomes avoiding failure. This may explain the fact that overachiever beat themselves up for even little setbacks and seemingly-insignificant mistakes.

But be aware that having a strong fear of failure can wrek havoc your productivity. So the best thing to do? Learn to conquer the fear: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It)

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8. They Love Awards

Who doesn’t love them, right? True enough, but unlike most people who like to feel acknowledged and appreciated for their efforts, overachievers are bent on collecting ‘awards’, be it university degrees, spelling bee prizes or unusual destinations.

While loving awares isn’t bad, it’s even better if you’re driven by internal motivation instead of external ones which could be quite uncontrolable or unstable: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It).

9. They Don’t Understand the Concept of Work Hours

Don’t get surprised if you receive a work-related email anywhere between 8 p.m. and midnight. It’s something overachievers usually do and you weren’t the only one. At least 20 more emails have been sent during these hours to other people. The concepts of over-achieving and working overtime usually go hand in hand.

The downside of this is an imbalnced life, which may need to problems in other aspects of life including health and relationships. A better way is to Achieve a Realistic Work Life Balance.

10. They Rest

Overachievers might often be labeled as “workaholics”, because they often ignore bodily signs of hunger, fatigue and even a full bladder, hoping to finish just one last little part. This doesn’t mean that overachievers don’t know how to disconnect and relax.

True that they tend to work in the highest gear, but they also have enough sense to give themselves time to rest and recharge. Of course, they do it in their own overachieving way, preferring climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or hiking through the Amazon jungle to lazing on the beach.

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11. Overachievers Continuously Educate Themselves

A great quality that most overachievers have is the hunger for knowledge. They surround themselves with bright people. They know how to listen, and most importantly, they get tons of mentoring.

Despite the fact that overachievers want to excel at everything they set their minds on, they are humble enough to admit that to get on top of their game, they need help. And they are willing to pay someone to push, coach and guide them.

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