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For every person in the world following their dream, there are ten others who aren’t. In a society where we’re constantly told to take the safe route, stay secure and plan ahead, it can seem particularly reckless to give up stability and familiarity in favour of a long, hard journey into the unknown. Yet life is a gift and the best way to appreciate it is to stay true to yourself and your dreams. This doesn’t necessarily have to be in your career- dreams of travel, a family, financial stability or creativity are just as valuable. But to fulfil a dream in any discipline, there are certain traits you will need to embody. These are the traits that will sit you down or pick you back up when things get tough. They are:

Confidence in your own ability

As someone who suffers from Imposter Syndrome I know firsthand how easy it can be to doubt your own ability. Unfortunately confidence in yourself is one of the most important things you’ll need to succeed. Because frankly, no one else is going to have it. You’ll need to convince an interviewer, your boss, a client or an investor at some point, that you are worthy. Start by teaching yourself.

Get up and go

The output you’ll get from your dream will be equal to what you put in. Despite this, even the most dedicated of us will have days where we’ll want to give it all up in favour of a Netflix marathon. Unfortunately, when you’re building your own luck you don’t have the luxury of sitting back. It won’t be easy; you’ll forget what sleep looks like and your relationships will suffer. But each time you hit a milestone, the graft will be oh-so worth it.

People who support you

You will already know who these people are. They may not be your closest family or your partner, or your childhood friends. Instead, they are the people who inspire you, the ones you leave, feeling as though you want to be a better person. These are the people who know that your success by no means diminishes their own, so they aren’t afraid to praise you where it’s due and bring you back to reality when it’s needed.

They are a rare breed, but once you find them, you will never want to let them go.

Big dreams

I come home at least once a week with ‘a great new idea’.  Dreaming big, is the only way to dream and this is why it doesn’t matter if you start four websites and abandon three, or move Country then come home a month later. Not every dream you have has to succeed, you just have to keep having them. As Oscar Wilde would say,

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”– Oscar Wilde (Tweet this)

A desire to learn

You can’t ever succeed in life if you don’t want to learn. Every industry changes, develops and switches direction. Those that can’t keep up, get left behind. Learn from everyone around you, the things you read and the people you meet. Learn to listen twice as much as you talk and soak up as much knowledge as you can. The minute you stop learning is the minute your dream drifts that little bit further away.

Resilience

Learning to bounce back after a fall, is an essential but hard lesson on the way to success. When the shit hits the fan, it’s much easier to give up then to carry on. But if everyone gave up at the first hurdle we’d still be sitting in the dark, with no fire, food or light. If following your dream was easy, everyone would be doing it and at the end of the day, what’s the worst that could happen? Even if you do fail at the end of it all- what a fantastic story you’ll have to tell.

There are a ton of famous quotes that could be used to inspire you here, but I’ll leave you with this one:

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison (Tweet this)

Beth Gladstone

Beth is a Writer and Digital Marketer who founded The Full Agenda as a place to talk about the things that kept her and her friends up at night. Currently working as a Marketing consultant to various SMEs she is a big fan of the startup market and loves technology, apps and anything social media related. When not obsessively checking Google Analytics, she can be found reading, writing or relaxing with a glass of Prosecco.

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