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The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of
Dream With Determination
No one said that living your dreams would be a breeze. Remember that it took Harry Potter scribe J. K. Rowling nearly six years to complete her first book and it was rejected by 12 publishers before finding a home at Bloomsbury Publishing. Clearly, sticking out difficult circumstances is one of the keys to success.
Perseverance is a trait that Ben Saunders has in spades. In 2004 at age 26, he became the youngest solo skier to reach the North Pole, despite being told by “experts” that he was trying to achieve the impossible. “I always tell myself that if it were easy, anyone could do it and ‘impossible’ is only an opinion,” he explains.
Sandra Magsamen, author of Living Artfully: Create the Life You Imagine and host of the PBS show “Living Artfully with Sandra Magsamen,” emphasizes the importance of not giving up when the going gets tough. “Pursuing your dream is simply following your heart, with heavy emphasis on the word pursue,” she explains. “You have to just believe in your dream so much that you’re going to passionately keep at it.”
Living Your Dreams
Life is all about choices, and the power to shape your dreams lies in your hands. In the first 30 days, it’s critical to open the doors of possibility.
“The first 30 days is a running start,” explains Levine. “It’s important that [the momentum] doesn’t end after 30 days. Those first 30 days, that’s your launching period to see how much you can get done.”
Wherever your dream may take you, know that you are paving a personal path. There were times on the trip when I was actually like, ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this. I am living my dream,’” says world traveler Melinda.