To Those Who Don’t Fear The Dream

I cannot afford to waste my time making money. –Louis Agassiz

I often hear people say, “Wow that person is so successful. ” This statement usually refers to someone who has made a strong living on Wall Street or worked the ladder in a corporate job to finally land an upper management job.

I went through business school and labored through internships leading up to a marketing job for a cushy salary and handsome benefits. I rented the nice apartment in Chicago and experienced a life of comfort.

I wonder what my life would be like if I took a risk earlier. If I didn’t follow the status quo and tried to do something good with my life. I’m not saying a normal job isn’t noble, but I do think those with the audacity to stand up deserve a little bit of recognition. Those who strive for something different, something worth thinking about, something that can spawn creativity and effect the world.

Our society has turned into a factory of generations after generations insisting on back up plans. We have turned into a people obsessed with a quest for monetary compensation over stretching our boundaries. The unique is no longer unique. A diploma no longer makes us stand out in a world saturated with diplomas. So why do we still strive to just be a part of the crowd?

To Those Who Don’t Fear The Dream:

Cheers to the innovators who live on Top Ramen for the scant possibility of changing the world with a new invention.

Cheers to those who take on an English degree regardless of the naysayers who say it isn’t financially practical.

Cheers to the teachers who shape the minds of the future.

Cheers to the travelers who bring stories of adventure to the sheltered.

Cheers to the explorers who turn impossible reaches of our universe into a possibility.

Cheers to the philanthropists who give a chance to those who have fallen.

Cheers to the quiet, who know change is only possible through listening.

Cheers to the brave, who don’t fear the dream.

To those who don’t do it for money, but for a better tomorrow.

Why?

Because the future belongs to the foolish. The future belongs to those so stupid enough to not see how stupid their actions are. These are the people who succeed.

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About Joe Warnimont

I am a writer, marketing expert and adventure seeker. I help people write, market their writing, live truthfully and embrace their lives through creativity. You can find me riding my bike around the streets of Chicago. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.

Comments

  1. Lindsey Gendke says:

    Thanks for the cheers, Joe. I took a high school teaching job as my “backup plan” to my dreams….only to find after three years that it just didn’t work for me. Practical or not, I’m glad for my two English degrees…I may not be making much money right now, but life does not consist in a multitude of things. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Thanks, Joe, for cheering us up. Very timely reminder for me since during the last couple of days I’ve been having doubts and some regrets regarding leaving a stable corporate job. I quit a well-paid position in finance last August and went for a spiritual trip to India. Upon coming back two months later I refused another great corporate offer to try things on my own in a completely new field…which I have not fully figured out yet. I am giving myself time to sort things out but sometimes I feel like a loser especially when I look at my shrinking bank account. But you know what? Whatever happens I would not have exchanged these last 4 months for any money making corporate opportunity. Cheers πŸ™‚

    • Hi Ula,

      My good friend is doing exactly what you are, dropping his corporate job and traveling the world. From what I have heard he is planning on teaching English to kids over in Thailand. He says the same thing about watching that bank account shrink, but I know he wouldn’t trade it for anything. Keep on doing what you love and I’m sure everything will work out for you. πŸ™‚

  3. Great write! and thanks for following my blog!

  4. I choose art as a pathway, which took me through many methods of practicing spirituality. I took a ‘proper’ job once because I was advised to my my parents. It was as a playground designer and the pay was good. The office soon drove me crazy, literately, my mind starting going blank and my site blotchy. So i quit and moved from England to Scotland, a big move, and joined a circus arts group. There I made only just enough money to pay the rent, food was something that turned up. However the life of being free and arty was inspiring and contagious and many good people flocked to share with each other. Money was not the concern, Community arts and reconnecting to nature was what drove me. I have always been lucky enough to trust that as long as I live with kindness and giving, I will always be supported by, what I know as spirit and Earth , the universal web of life, all that is, Karma. Trust is an amazing thing. The fool card in the tarot deck. Flight and freedom with no restraints of material word. Although I personally love some of those material comforts. Anyway, I have lived with not a lot of money in all my adult life, as I have given it away to be able to work with others. Fear is still a big part of what holds me and drives me. Love is far more powerful art that I find I need to practice all the time.
    Joe, I love reading your blogs, totally inspiring. many thanks, Emma

  5. Hi there — impressive site! Love how you’re giving back to others. Thanks for checking out my blog today!

  6. I have nominated you for the Best Moment Award! Congrats on a really great blog! http://whenibecameanauthor.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/the-best-moment-award/

  7. Amen! Like they say, if you want something you’ve never had you have to do something you’ve never done.

  8. A nice impressive site and good advice! Though, I’m not sure if there is a follow button for wordpress users.

    And thank you for following me at This Otherworlde!

  9. floatingwiththebreeze says:

    Inspiring post. I left a very well paid job in Australia and moved to England. I and my partner (Joe) believe that things always work out and that there is not much point being too concerned about the future. Going with the flow is the best way to live as well as being kind to others and the environment and living a peaceful life. I’ve had friends who never made it to the so called future. All their scrimping and saving a waste of time. Thank you for following my blog. πŸ™‚

  10. Nice post and I agree. More people should dare to dream.

  11. I enjoyed this post. I am going back to school to get my English degree, so that I can become a teacher.

  12. you’re awesome. fantastic post!

  13. Spent my early 20’s doing the ‘right’ thing working in the ‘right’ jobs, then had enough and went into the Music Business….30 years plus and decided to do what I had been dreaming of for a long time and started to write. Never too late. Enjoyed your blog and the comments left for you. Thanks for visiting mine. Good luck to all those who dare to dream….and then go and live it.

  14. Just want to say thank you for following my blog! Means a lot. I have to say, I really like what you are doing with your blog. I have set myself up to only succeed in writing, aka I have no backup if I fail, lol. Which, I know, isn’t the smartest thing a person can do, but I think it gives me motivation, knowing that if I don’t follow my dream, I have nothing else. It gets me out of bed every morning, and forces me to write every chance I get. Life only lasts so long, so I might as well spend it doing the things I love, instead of the things that are ‘sure fires’. I wonder at what point, do people stop dreaming, and start settling? Because, if you ask kids, they all want to follow their dreams, but come back fifteen years later, and how many have actually done just that?

  15. I love the quote by Agassiz. It speaks perfectly my mind.

  16. Wow the video[ the future is ours] is awesome. Thanks for sharing

  17. Great post and many great comments from people taking the steps to follow their dreams. Both are very inspiring and encouraging. I’m struggling between keeping the job that makes me unhappy but pays well and fully taking on a writing life, and reading the experiences of others is helpful.

  18. Very nice site – you’ve put a lot of effort and time into it and you have had some great ideas for populating it. Well worth all the customisation you must have had to do. No option to ‘follow’ with one click though, like with most WordPress sites – is that deliberate? Thanks for visiting mine and following.

    • Hi Sue,

      Thanks for stopping by. I got rid of the follow button and just have the option for people to type in their email address and follow. I create my updates in mailchimp and it just allows me a bit more customization. πŸ™‚

  19. I love this: I cannot afford to waste my time making money. –Louis Agassiz. Thanks for the encouraging post! Cheers to bloggers who cheer on other noble souls.

  20. Sapporo Ichiban is better. πŸ™‚

  21. Michelle says:

    *Cheers to the philanthropists who give a chance to those who have fallen.
    Cheers to the quiet, who know change is only possible through listening.
    Cheers to the brave, who don’t fear the dream.
    To those who don’t do it for money, but for a better tomorrow.*

    I love these lines! Cheers for someone like you who observe these kind of things and clearly appreciate it. It’s very insightful and inspiring.:)