How To Dream Big, When Everyone Around You Doesn’t

22 Jul


“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

Hello all.


Dreaming big is something we all need more of in this society. Big dreamers that take action on their dreams are the people in this society that make things happen. If you are a big dreamer, I ask you to take a moment of silence and sincerely congratulate yourself. There aren’t too many out there, but if you are a big dreamer, I send my most sincere and honest honor. The reason I send you my most sincere and honest honor, is because most big dreamers especially at the very beginning, are generally surrounded by people that don’t really believe in them much. Look back in history and most of all high achievers somewhere in their early careers were met with many naysayers. Only to eventually turn those naysayers into believers. It’s not a great feeling having visions and big goals and everyone around you thinking you are “crazy.” Yet, this is how it usually all begins. The truth is that it takes a lot of courage to dream big and follow through. Part of the reason is also because the bigger the dream, the more critics you may attract…

However, the people that don’t believe in your dreams are actually just mirrors of your own self doubt. So there is a special reason that is there. Take time to thank and be grateful for people that challenge your dreams, as they are really there to make you better.
Express your gratitude, be thankful and push forward. You are capable of realizing your big dreams, with enough enthusiasm, time, and energy. You are capable of it, because I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason, and those big dreams come to you for a special purpose. I know that the special purpose and reason is for you to follow them. Everything that we admire and look at with awe all started out with someone who had a big dream. Be that person for others. I ask that when you are faced with the opportunity to follow your dream or follow the crowd, follow your dream.

This day and age we are seeing more people take chances, because they are beginning to see the bigger picture. The bigger picture is allowing people to really get clear on their goals and finding out what really matters to them at this point in their lives. As they become clear on what really matters in their life, they begin to take the small action steps necessary to follow their big dreams.

“You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”
* George Bernard Shaw


I think that many people place too much importance on trying to reach for a dream for the sake of trying to prove something. I don’t think that trying to prove something should be the real reason to chase a dream. Chase a dream, because it’s exciting for you, and because it can make a positive difference in people’s lives. In my world, chasing a dream is about an inner sense of fulfillment and knowing that you gave the best of what you were capable to give at the time. It really has nothing to do with proving something, because the act of trying to prove something is ego based, and only brings about temporary highs.

“What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.”
Roethke, Theodore

The idea of not trying to prove anything, and being true to yourself and achieving your big dreams and your own sense of inner fulfillment is actually the foundation of my book. I also speak a lot about the difference of the U.S mainstream version of success, and what I call Beyond Success on my book:
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I feel my book can really inspire you into a lifestyle that goes beyond what a lot of Americans are chasing, and give you a real sense of inspiration and empowerment in your daily life. My book is a straight to the point, short read, that acts as a wonderful guide for you to experience positive changes in your life in this changing world.
Be bold.

“The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.”
Fosdick, Harry Emerson

With Gratitude,
+ Baker


8 Responses to “How To Dream Big, When Everyone Around You Doesn’t”

  1. Aaron Whiston July 22, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

    Great article. It’s so sad how the masses have accepted the so-called “mundane” world/life as all there is.

    In reality of course there is no such thing as mundane – every moment is a miracle.

    You’ve made a number of good points and it’s so important to stay mindful of these things when – let’s face it – most people in the world are like cement anchors that can bring down a big thinker by association. I am careful about who I associate with and once I began the path of entrepreneurship and personal development most of my old friends had to go – they just don’t understand that life exists beyond the 9 to 5 grind and prime time television.

    I dream of a world where more people will follow their hearts and reject the mainstream idea of just settling. Thanks for sharing this content.

  2. beyondsuccess July 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm #

    @Aaron Whiston It’s funny you mentioned that you had to let go of some people, because you were moving in a different direction. I actually wrote this post with that very same idea in mind, and actually in the process of doing the same thing. I appreciate your contribution on my blog.

  3. ms. anniedelle July 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
    Nelson Mandela.

  4. beyondsuccess July 23, 2009 at 6:59 pm #

    @ms. anniedelle The statement made by Nelson Mandela really resonates with me at the moment. I feel like I’ve been trying too hard to shrink for others so they won’t feel insecure around me, when the act of shrinking for others actually makes me feel uncomfortable, and stagnant. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Christina Crowe August 16, 2009 at 3:03 pm #

    Very powerful post. I couldn’t agree with you more. When we dream of something we desire, we’re closer to our goal. Dreams often have a way of showing us who we are and our inner most feelings. Great article!

  6. beyondsuccess August 16, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    @Christina Crowe I’m glad you find this post to be powerful. Thanks for contributing. I think your an excellent writer as well!

  7. Allen Imsong October 3, 2009 at 3:47 pm #

    You said it all. Very encouraging for big dreamers and I am one of them. Keep writing. We need such positive talks to keep us moving.

    Many thanks for the encouragement.

    Allen Imsong

    • beyondsuccess October 3, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

      Thanks Allen for the great feedback. I will keep writing.

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