Wake Up and Achieve

You sometimes have to do more than just “dream on”

What’s one piece of great advice you’ve read recently? Or what’s the best bit of wisdom you’ve ever received? 

“Always follow your dreams” – a message I saw on a billboard the other day while going down the notorious 1-94 in Michigan. Dreams are there to act upon. If you don’t wake up and start doing something about them, they will never come true. The dreamer is a hopeless soul; the doer is the one with most success in life. Dreamers believe but never achieve; Doers believe and go right ahead getting done what needs to be done. They don’t worry about the results – they learn to look at the bigger picture and see what they can do better.

If you ask some of the greatest chefs in the world what they did to get to their level of mastery in the culinary world, they would say they had to start right at the bottom and work their way to the top. They would say they didn’t have a shortage of days where they just failed miserable and were critiqued badly, and where they kept hearing about the famous chefs above them opening 5-star restaurants and wondering if they were silly for thinking they could possibly do the same thing. But they kept fighting and kept their head above water, continuing to learn and grow and eventually get to their current spot in life

I want to be a doer but the dreamer side of me is still quite fascinated by the mythical thing known as success. A couple of times I’ve tried to act out these dreams of mine only to realize the tough reality: achieving them takes so much effort and a lot of luck. Much of achieving your dreams requires actually having other people around you to help, to collaborate and pitch in their own creative ideas. But when your people skills are not very good, going it alone always feels like the best choice, even if it would be extremely hard to achieve what you want to do.

My piece of advice, based on my previous experiences, is to not let the negativity get to you. Shut out the voices that say you’re not good enough or not talented enough for your dream profession, whatever it is. Most of all, block out the haters that try to destroy your confidence and keep you from continuing on your path. Or leverage all of the negative talk and use it to make yourself the best ever. The grass is always greener on the other side – look to the alternatives to see what could be better.

Aerosmith tells us to “Dream on…dream until your dreams come true” but the song should really be “Wake up…wake up and make your make your dreams come true”. Your dreams are hopeless without a plan set in motion. Like building a skyscraper, it always starts with a solid foundation.

A Piece of Advice


Stay Forever Young

The road of life

I have set my mind on living every day from now on with as much verbosity and energy as possible. Make every day count because I will not get that time back.

I’ll only be 24 for about another month and a half. Next stop, living as a mid twenty something. Life is going to feel radically different because life isn’t slowing down anytime soon. The train is moving fast and events are flashing by my eyes. The world isn’t waiting around for me. It’s go time.

Here are some things that I am doing to stay young and active:

  • Go swimming nearly every day this summer
  • Try something new everyday
  • Think positive thoughts
  • Exercise
  • Laugh
  • Enjoy my favorite activities
  • Hang with loved ones and friends
  • Watch old favorites on Netflix (That 70s Show)

The road of life is a long and rocky one. You’re not going to always have a good day. Traveling along this road is full of adventures (and misadventures). Even when a storm is ensuing, it’s best to keep your head up and battle through.

Discover Challenge: For Posterity

Rags to Riches

Steve Jobs

“Don’t ever change” they said. “Always be yourself” they said. Well, I have to tell you that following those two things would not get you very far in life. You would be stuck with a 9 to 5 job and a mediocre lifestyle. It takes a little more effort to propel yourself over the top. Transforming to make your life better takes guts and determination.

The road from rags to riches is full of awe-inspiring transformations. From J.K Rowling to Oprah Winfrey to Tom Cruise, there have been numerous people that had to fight to get to where they are today.

Here are 33 inspirational quotes from the late Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker. His rags to riches story inspired many other’s success stories:

  1. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
  2. “You cannot change your destination overnight. You can change your direction.”
  3. “When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.”
  4. “The only thing worse than not reading a book in the last ninety days is not reading a book in the last ninety days and thinking that it doesn’t matter”
  5. “The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialized – never knowing.”
  6. “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
  7. “We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”
  8. “You have two choices: you can make a living, or you can design a life.”
  9. “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”
  10. “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
  11. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.”
  12. “Don’t wish it was easier wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge wish for more wisdom”
  13. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
  14. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment”
  15. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
  16. “One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of your attention.”
  17. “Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.”
  18. “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.”
  19. “Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot.”
  20. “Formal education will make you a living; self- education will make you a fortune.”
  21. “You cannot make progress without making decisions.”
  22. “If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself.”
  23. “Profits are better than wages. Wages make you a living; profits make you a fortune.”
  24. “Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.”
  25. “Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.”
  26. “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”
  27. “Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book”
  28. “Poor people have big tv’s. Rich people have big libraries.”
  29. “The greatest gift you can give somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, if you will take care of me, I will take care of you. Now I say, I will take care of me for you, if you will take care of you for me. ”
  30. “The more you know, the less you need to say.”
  31. “You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills”
  32. “Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.”
  33. “Work on yourself more than you do on your job”

Source: http://www.slideshare.net/GundarsMinalgo/33-inspirational-quotes-by-jim-rohn

Daily Prompt: Transformation

Life Changing Solitude

Green Lake Swamp

I may enjoy the solitude, but I am definitely not a hermit. At least not just yet. I do get outside a couple times a week, just to get some exercise and enjoy the fresh air and get some much needed motivation. There really isn’t anywhere to go so I just walk around listening to music, letting the beats pulse with my steps. A couple minutes of shooting hoops gives me positive energy and a chance to really blow off some steam.

Creative things always are sparked in solitude. The freedom to express yourself without distractions is always a great thing. It is nearly impossible to get my thoughts together when there are so many people around and there is a lot of external noise. I can study better when I’m alone, as was evidenced by my failing grades when I tried to bring a social life into the situation and encountered distracting thoughts. But sometimes being around people produces much happier thoughts and there is the intentional and unintentional collaboration that goes on when I have another person discussing things back and forth with me.

Christopher Paolini, author of the bestselling novel Eragon and one of the youngest authors in history, has spent most of his life alone in the beautiful wilderness of Montana, writing fictional novels inspired by the breathtaking landscape that includes mountains and endless lakes. He was homeschooled at the age of 15 after having graduated high school.

Being in solitude is healthy for the mind because it relaxes and brings out good emotions. Good ideas are born in alone time. Even greater ideas are born when someone is alone for longer periods of time. You become one with yourself and discover some truly amazing things. Just don’t sink too much into it or you may go insane.


Missing Something

There definitely feels like there is something missing from my life. Something that is holding me back from getting further ahead. Not having much of a social life outside of the Internet can make the days seem so boring. I always feel so shy and timid when it comes to social interactions. Like I will try to avoid them as much as I can, but this isn’t as bad as it used to be. This is why writing has a powerful and soothing effect on me. I can totally be myself with it. It’s relaxing. I’m not fighting an uphill battle, trying to get over a social barrier. The keys to the social life may been misplaced and I am stuck at home, but I am still comfortable with being who I am.

As a person with a mild form of autism, there are certain things I just don’t understand, just can’t grasp. Like how a person can make so many friends and keep a grasp on them all. How someone can be so energetic all of the time and can always light up a crowd. To me, being too social is emotionally draining. I have to go off by myself to recharge my batteries, to get the deep thoughts going again. Those deep thoughts are what constitute the majority of my days. Without them, I feel empty and confused.



We all have a doppelganger, someone who uncannily resembles us in appearance and behavior, somewhere in the world. You won’t quite know it when you see yours because you don’t quite know what you look like all the time, except when you look in a mirror

There is a theory that we are originate from one place, a gigantic tree with many branches, so your doppelganger obviously shares some of your genes. They may have once been a part of your ancestral line before a split ensued. We are all connected in a distant way, through years and years of mixing and breeding, ensuring that the best genes survive and there is always a strong variety.

There was a video that went viral last April about a girl who found her doppelganger after a two week journey. Meet Niamh and her counterpart:


Firing Back

An insult she heard

So deeply cutting

So deeply scarring

Tried to fire back

But the rebound missed

The firing words

They remain trapped inside

When she swiftly turns to the room

And yells out for her life

“I am free! Hear my ferocious roar!”

Those chains have been broken

Drawing A Blank

I’ve never read The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs but I can tell it is a good book. The cover art is interesting in that there is one desk colored yellow, maybe symbolizing Caroline Jacobs? Yellow is a color for cowards, so maybe she worked up the courage for something? The other seats all being blue has something to do with conforming to the standards, so Caroline must have rebelled?