Work on Your Dreams as If You're Already Awake

Don’t Dream in Secret

One day, I wore a new sweater to school. I loved it, but the other kids laughed. They said it was “stupid.”

So I stopped wearing it.

A few months later, one of the popular kids wore the same sweater and suddenly, everyone started wearing them after that. I couldn’t believe it. I was like, “Remember when I wore it first?”

No one remembered.

That experience taught me that no one remembers the person who allows their creative ideas to be defeated by shame.

Sometimes we keep our dreams secret because we’re afraid that people will criticize our work. We never show our writings, drawings, designs, business ideas, etc. because we’re not sure if anyone will actually like them.

But what are you going to do if someone else comes up with the same idea, actually shares it with the world, and they get all the praise?

That would be terrible, but it happens all the time.

Here’s one of my favorite quotes from author and entrepreneur Jason Fried:

We all have that one friend who says, “I had the idea for eBay. If only I had acted on it, I’d be a billionaire!” That logic is pathetic and delusional. Having the idea for eBay has nothing to do with actually creating eBay. What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan.

Most of us have experienced something like this before.

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve heard someone say, “I had that idea first!” when some new song or slogan went viral.

Well, that’s what happens when you dream in secret. That’s what happens when you don’t put yourself out there. Someone else puts your idea into practice and they create the opportunities that should have been yours.

Don’t be the person who sits on their ideas. Be the person who takes the chance of creating something awesome.