It’s human nature to dream, to want something that is more and better than what we have or do now.
But dreams are not reality. Dreams are just glorified wishes, and as the old nursery rhyme goes, “If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.” Yes, sometimes wishes come true. But here’s the catch: you can make the wish, but then you have to do the wish.
The wish doesn’t just happen.
Everything that you’ve watched and read and heard so far here at the Revolution of One has been leading to this. We’ve talked about the importance of the individual and taking small steps in the direction you want to go. We’ve talked about creativity and how to encourage it. We’ve talked about how crucial it is to surround yourself with the right people. We’ve talked about the obstacles we put in our own way and how to overcome them.
But reading and watching and listening aren’t enough. Preparation is not enough. Dreaming is not enough.
You have to actually do.
Version 1.0 is always going to be worse than version 1.1. The first draft will always be as bad as the book will ever be. The prototype will always take longer, look shabbier, cost more, and work less-efficiently than the next generation you turn out will.
But those first, imperfect versions—however embarrassing they might seem—give other people something that detailed plans and pretty ideas never can: proof that you’re serious about what you want.
After all, how can you possibly expect someone to invest in your dreams if you aren’t willing to invest in your dreams?