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Don’t Be Afraid to Dream Big


Are you a big dreamer? Do your friends ever catch you dazing off into space? When people ask you what you dream of doing, do you begin rattling off ideas before they can even finish their question? Do you ever picture your life in the future as something magnificent? If you are answering “yes” to these questions, then I would have to classify you as a dreamer.

Dreaming as Children

As kids, dreaming was easy. Every adult in our lives had at one point asked us that famous question, “What are you going to be when you grow up?” Some of you may have responded with, “a princess” or “a fireman”, while others of you may have said, “the president” or “an astronaut”. I have to admit that I was one of those nerdy children that shouted out, “an engineer!” No lie.

As kids grow up though, the dreams seem to fade away. Various role models may have told us to “grow up” or “get real”. Our dreams are nothing but pie in the sky wishes that will never happen! This, my friends, is a great tragedy.

Just Keep Dreaming

Every adult that wants to make it big in this world must first dream big. If no one had dreams, no progress would be made, nothing would be invented, and life would be stale and monotonous.

On the other side of the spectrum, those that dream big are often ahead of the curve. They are either inventing, improving, or formulating ideas for the future. Quite naturally, these types of people always seem to “make it” and are thought of as “lucky”. You must understand though, that the success of these individuals had nothing to do with luck; it had everything to do with their dreams and vision of the future.

I Have Dreams Too

I can’t say that I’m often caught in a day dream, but I think about the future a lot. What might it be like if I make wise decisions? What would I like to be doing 10 years from now?

As of right now, here are some aspirations for my future (10 years from now).

  • I’d like my job to be optional – I am currently making money online, and I think it could really go somewhere soon. If the pay continues to come in, perhaps I won’t need my regular daytime job if I don’t want it.
  • I’d like for my wife to have optional work too so that we can be comfortable starting a family.
  • Our house will be fully paid for (our goal is actually to do this in 4-5 years)
  • I have a few real estate investments that are creating passive income
  • I have a few best selling books (or eBooks)

There are more that I could list, but this gives you a good idea.

Do you have dreams for your future? What are they?



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Yes, I have big dreams. I dream of an optional job in the next decade. I dream of starting a business that runs itself with minimal input from me other than managing the vision.

    • Have you ever read, “The E-myth”? I think it’s a great book about how to make a business passive. Check it out!

  2. Definitely a dreamer here, although I prefer thinking of myself as someone who takes action. I had similar dreams to you (well, except for the best selling book part) a few years back and am now at the point where work IS optional and I am making money from investments, etc.

    • Sounds like you’re doing great Jackie! It must feel great to have your work even though you don’t really have to.

    • Those that make fun will be poor and frustrated later in life. Those that dare to dream will have a much better chance at happiness. Keep it up and keep dreaming!

  3. Although I am turning 65 this year, I still have dreams or goals. I want to ride a portion of the Tour de France (not in competition). As soon as you achieve a dream, something replaces it or it opens new doors. I never in my wildest dreams thought of teaching. Teaching led to blogging and volunteering. More to follow…….

    • Don’t ever let your dreams die! That can be the worst thing to happen in life. Congrats for keeping yours alive!

      • Dreaming is essential to being successful. Dreaming also helps you to make goals and to keep them. Without dreams there would be no ambition and consequently no success.

        • That’s right Jon! Without dreams, there will be no action. Dreaming is essential to success.

  4. I think dreaming big is the first step! It will definitely lay a great foundation for you to start from. However, I would argue that taking action might be equally as important, if not more so, than conjuring up ideas.

    Big dreams and ideas are great, but they die if you never take action. I would be interested in hearing how you are breaking down your baby action steps to get to your goals?

    Do you have any resources or advice for people who don’t know where to start taking action?

    • You are right! I am reminded of the story, “3 frogs were on a lilly pad, 2 decided to jump off, how many frogs are left on the lilly pad? ……. ALL 3!!! Just because they decided to jump doesn’t mean they actually did.”

      We can dream all we want, but without action, dreams are worthless! Thanks for the comment Dar. If anyone has any questions on the action steps, contact me directly and I’ll do the best I can to help. 🙂

  5. I dream big too. And I get depressing reactions from my family, especially my mom. She keeps telling me that I am naive and more or less stupid.
    You must dare to dream big and you’ll achieve just anything in life.

    • All of the people that have made it big have had critics along the way. If you are confident in the direction you’re going, stick with it. Good luck!

  6. I have dreams of making a sustainable income online but it’s hard to do and a lot of my family/friends don’t think it’s possible.

    • Whenever we try to do something different, there will always be people that will tell you it’s impossible. Stick to your gut. You can do it!

  7. Without big dreams there is a 100% guarantee that you won’t get anything big. 🙂

  8. Job optional. Awesome dream! Great message, it starts with a dream, but why go small? Enjoyed your three frogs on a lily pad comment. Action is required after the dream. Perhaps we should say, Dream Big and then Act Big? Congrats on your success and good luck on your dream!

    • Dream Big and Act Big sounds good to me! Thanks for the comment Buck!

  9. Yes, dreaming big is so important. Sometimes its so easy to forget your dreams as you go through your daily routine. But it is fun and motivating. Thanks for the reminder!

    • I have to give myself reminders from time to time as well! Without dreams, what is the motivation? We need them in order to keep pressing forward. Keep dreaming KDB!

  10. I totally agree with you. Dreaming big is not a scary thing in fact, it is the only biggest and priceless thing that you can give your self or you can do in your enter life.

  11. Still my most used quote is “If you do not have a dream then how will you ever have a dream come true”!

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