Sometimes we can get lost with what’s important

 and why we matter.

When I went down to my local café the other day, I met a guy on his day off who owned a very successful business and we got to talking about following your dreams and having the confidence to pursue them.

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We agreed it’s important to understand and appreciate that you are worthy of success and that you are a good person.

Now that means you won’t always make the right decisions or do and say the right things. That’s perfectly OK.

It’s almost certain that you will make mistakes and that’s what makes us all human.

It’s important to also understand that people’s first response to you may be to say, ‘No’. So be prepared for that knowing that you will need to try things a number of times without a guarantee of success, understanding that you may initially fail. But you will try again and refine your positioning, product and service based on what you learn that works.

We reflected on our respective upbringing and our childhood years in the family home. When I was young, my parents provided me with the foundations of what was right, even if ‘right’ is not always an easy or popular choice. They provided me with an inner voice of self-belief—that I could do it. Yet, I did not know what ‘it’ was.

What I grew to understand was that they gave me belief and principles that would guide me every day of my life. They taught me to listen to my inner voice and be prepared to ask for help.

It’s important to always do your best and seek to be your very best. Give life your all – you may only have one life so don’t leave anything in the tank.

Be grateful for the opportunity to follow your dreams. And never give up. I mean never give up. Learn from feedback. Be humble and adapt. Try, persist and you will most likely succeed.

Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done or that you need to be ‘realistic’.

Follow your dreams.             Dream big.

Be bold in knowing that everything is possible, it’s just a matter of how.

The importance of a curious mind and seeking a better way.

As we wondered whether to have a second coffee, we turned our conversation to how big the world is today and that there has never been a better time to learn more about lots of things and to connect with others in this digital world. I told my new friend of my commitment and curiosity and my journey of continual learning and to pursue what you care about.

I encourage you to have a curious mind and question everything (in a polite way). Remember, just because someone is older or more established than you, or even if something has been done a particular way for a long time— doing it that way does not make it right or relevant. Stay inquisitive, be caring. There usually is a better way. Your job is to continually look for that better way and understand what “better “ means and for whom.

Be passionate and enjoy the journey.

It may take a while for you to find what you’re truly passionate about or what makes you feel good. It may take you a while to discover what allows you to make a positive impact and help others.

You don’t always have to know the final destination or be 100% certain about the final shape of what you’re pursuing. Be prepared to enjoy the moments along the way. Enjoy the journey.

There are many learnings along the way. And those ‘learnings’ are always just that — they’re never ‘failures’.

They’re simply opportunities to improve. And you will.