Dreaming Too Big? — On Having High Ambitions

2 years, 1 month ago

Hey y’all. I’m 16, 17 in a month, and here are some of my life goals:

– create a passive income business that provides more value than I receive and allows me to live more than comfortably (meaning I can pay all my expenses and then some with it; probably relating to a blog since I’ve started one already)
– earn an Olympic medal (no idea in what event, maybe sprinting?)
– earn a Nobel prize (probably Peace)
– give a TED talk
– write a bestseller
– complete an Irnoman Triathlon

What do you think? Is this too much? I honestly believe I have what it takes to tackle these challenges and succeed, changing the world as I go.

What are your hardest goals? Do you think one should even set so many tough goals? Please discuss and elucidate me with your answers :)

December 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm

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Profile photo of Aline Aline (@aleen) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

Don’t be afraid of dreaming big!
I also have big dreams i want to achieve:

– Be able to earn a living with my creations (jewelries making and graphic design)
– Publish a book
– To realize animation movies

Profile photo of Josh Josh (@reinvented2012) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@vasco, no dreams are too big man and honestly if you have those passions, goals or whatever go for them. The things you do day in and day out are preparing you for what you are trying to accomplish. Just aim at doing one at a time and in the end you will complete them all. Take it step by step and good luck man.

My Goals:
Travel the world
Open a restaurant
Write a Cookbook
Open peoples minds to living green, consuming less, and helping change society

Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

Nah man, don’t be afraid of dreaming big. The sky is NOT the limit.

Aim for the moon, but you may or may not hit, however if you miss you’ll end up in some other awesome place.

I highly doubt the olympics thing though, not to be a naysayer, but if you have no idea what event then you won’t succeed. Do you even know which sports you’re good at? And how good are you at these?
Keep in mind that most successful athletes started when they were really young, and they started because they had a lot of raw talent. They work very hard, almost every day, and they can’t indulge in a lot of normal people stuff.

Here’s the thing, dreaming big is nice and all, but it won’t get you anywhere. If you want to make the dreams come true, you gotta work hard, and work smart. Do things in the right order so that you build optimal momentum and get the path of least resistance.

I would start with the income and Ironman, because they are by far the easiest, and have the most potential to propel you forward. The passive income game is actually very, very easy.

If you write a bestseller or win the nobel prize, getting to do a TED talk won’t be a problem.
But if you’re gonna win the nobel peace prize, you gotta do some big things.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a naysayer, but you gotta work really hard and really smart if you want to make your dreams come true. And it’s fucking worth it.

Don’t dawdle, you gotta put all the “spare time activities” aside if you wanna make it happen. No parties, no videogames, no drugging, just work.
Are you willing to do that?
If so, then I have no doubt that you’ll achieve massive great things.

Profile photo of hedone hedone (@hedone) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

I believe the most valuable thing in setting and achieving goals is the journey. The higher your goals are, the more developed you’ll become. (of course if you work hard on achieving your resolutions)
So yeah, dream big.

Profile photo of Christian Christian (@logicalliberty) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

no ambitions are too high! Go for it m8. Personally, I’ve always wanted i big boat (even though it’s pretty much against everything I believe in… but seriously, boats are awesome)

Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

Well, what things do you excel (so, much above average) at now?

Profile photo of Vasco B Vasco B C (@vasco) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@aleen, @reinvented2012, Thank you for the inspiration :)

@manimal, Yes, I recognize that aiming for the Olympics might be too far, and I might never actually achieve that goal, but that doesn’t stop me from receiving the benefits of having that as a goal. If I want to be, say, the best sprinter in the world, I’ll have to get into the best shape of my life, eat only the best foods (which probably means a mostly raw paleo diet) and work hard every day. It will motivate me to ask myself how every action I take affects my health and shed all my nasty habits. God it’s giving me the chills (the good chills) just thinking about that.

Earning the nobel peace prize is a bit analogous to having an Olympic medal in the sense that, no matter whether I get it or not, the goal itself will help me immensely. I think that in order to win I would have to contribute my ass off to the world and change people’s lives for the better. This would be the drive behind my blog, a book and the TED talk. It might also mean founding an NGO or working closely with a country’s government; I don’t know the exact path, but I do know what will come from it: massive contribution to the world, which is one of the reasons I feel I am on this earth for. Plus, it would mean working on myself like crazy, another thing I am passionate about and the reason I would like to join the Manimal group a year from now when I am in Germany.

I’m already working on my passive income by starting a blog and being in the process of getting a good audience (although school does consume a lot of my time, I am doing my best to write quality posts for my blog sharing freely what I have learned thus far). The ironman is a work in process as well, as I am getting better at running and swimming; plus I’m doing Insanity, which will hopefully help me achieve that goal quicker once I have finished the program.

Thanks for keeping it real, as always, and helping me realize that I do, indeed, want to achieve these goals.

Profile photo of Vasco B Vasco B C (@vasco) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@dalniente, I’m one of the best in school, so I’d say I excel at learning languages, logic and such. I’m a fairly good swimmer, though I’ve never been in any competition. I can run 10km (not everyone my age can!). I’d also say that my general level of consciousness is higher than that of most of my peers, though I could be biased (hmm go figure :b).

But that is not really important, what I think is one of my greatest assets is that I can commit to a goal if I want to and am always ready to grow, learn and push myself.

Profile photo of Nikolaj Katballe Nikolaj Katballe (@niko2210) 2 years, 1 month ago ago
Profile photo of Christian Christian (@logicalliberty) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

You know it’s awesome catballs

Profile photo of Max Nachamkin Max Nachamkin C (@feren6) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@vasco, First of all, congrats for being so forward thinking at your age. Good stuff.

A quote that resonated with me is “Live in reality, dream beyond it.”

It’s important to have big goals and dreams. Tough is good, because it means you’ll have to work your hardest to get them.

As long as your goals and dreams are something that you can actually do, then nothing is too big. For instance, if your dream is to become an Astronaught or the best swimmer in the world..well there are a lot of factors outside of your control. But if you want write a bestseller, that’s hard, but doable!

Have a positive attitude, but realize limitations when they exist.

Would you rather dedicate 10 years of your life to try and become an Olympic swimmer, or would you rather dedicate 1 year each to the other goals and succeed at all of them? You can have a lot of dreams, but realize the return on investment and see which ones are worth working towards.

Live in reality, dream beyond it.


Profile photo of seba1947 seba1947 (@seba1947) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

You can’t dream too big, because it’s a dream! What you have wrote are not dreams, they are goals – and you know why?

“A goal is a dream with a deadline” – Napoleon Hill

So give your dreams a deadline (your lifespan) and go for it, but remember to enjoy the journey, cause that’s the essence of life!

Profile photo of onelovechange onelovechange (@jakefloria) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@vasco Hey man, I’ve been wondering the same thing myself recently because I have a whole list of goals and dreams. All of them are possible but I don’t know how reasonable. People I know think I am just joking and don’t take me seriously or they just don’t believe it will happen…downers. Honestly though, everyone has dreams and goals when they are young, to be rich or famous or the best or whatever, but most everybody gives up on these dreams as they get older because they think they are being ‘realistic’, which is a damn shame and quite sad. That is why so many people today work jobs they hate or are dissatisfied with, because they think they need to, that they are trapped. The truth is man, it depends on the person and how determined and persevering they are. It’s about putting in the overtime…how bad do you want it? If you think you can, man, then you’re half way there. It’s about total commitment and believing you have what it takes. The people in history who believed they could change history, generally do! So congrats man and I hope to be hearing your name one day in the Olympics :)
These are my goals/dreams, no joke. Obviously, I don’t think I will do ALL of them but at least some/most:

Donate entire fortune to charity and/or donate a kidney/organ.
Start a revolution.
Subvert the dominant paradigm.
Change history.
Get in a fight.
Find the American Dream.
Save a life.
Win the Nobel Peace Prize
Become a hero and fight crime.
Make a difference.
Live life-Don’t be a slave to the norm. (cliche whatever)
Explore the world.
Grow/hunt my own food.
Disappear-erase online footprint
-cancel all accounts,memberships, profiles, jobs, commitments, etc
-Withdraw. Leave and live life.
Fake my own death.
Name my son batman (or something sick like Zappa did)
-Or not have kids.
Have and live in my own sailboat and chillax all the time.
Become a mountain man.
Have an underground bus fortress. *other note.
Successfully learn to lucid dream.
Get in a full on fistfight and not get in trouble.
Become a vigilante.
Know what to say.
Make a song/rap.
Follow the road less traveled.
Start a religion.
Have a positive influence on the future.
Implement a “Just Do It” and “Yes man!” attitude.
Make a video/song/YouTube vid that becomes a hit.
Drive a fast race car really fast.
Get totally lost in a big city.
Fly around in a wingsuit.
Sensory deprivation tank.
Write a book or autobiography.
Die young. (Maybe in the process of saving someone)
Go into the wild! Untraceable!

Profile photo of Alex Alex (@staylucky) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@vasco, Go for it, man!

Although on the sprinting medal. Do you already run track or anything? Because most people that compete in these sports have been doing it their whole life or have done some form of intense sport. Not trying to discourage but just suggesting to get in training for it!

I also want to give a TED talk :)

Profile photo of Tony Tony (@antlob) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

It’s amazing to think how many lives could be changed if people followed through with their epic goals.

Profile photo of DANM!! DANM!! (@deej) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@vasco, wow man you have big dreams and a huge imagination, I hope you do well in all that you do! Your dreams make me jealous, now I’ve got to work harder in mine ;)

Profile photo of E.C.F. Doyle E.C.F. Doyle (@chekovchameleon) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@vasco, It’s great to dream big. Go for it man. But dreams are just dreams, realising the goals you dream of takes a hell of a lot of work, and you’ve certainly got yourself a work load there. Have you ever heard the expression “Jack of all trades, master of none”? I’m not trying to put you down here but most of your goals people dedicate their entire lives to just achieving one of them. I’m not saying you can’t do it, if you think you can go for it, I’m just saying cut yourself some slack man. It will take so much time and effort that you would probably miss out on your life, and that’s not cool man. It’s important to help others, but you cannot help them if you are unfulfilled. Good luck in your endeavours, keep the dream alive.

My life goals:

Be recognised for my writing (not concerned about sales or popularity, just that it reaches people and I can be proud of what I have created)
World travel
Fall in love, like serious style
Help anyone who I come across that needs it
Do some volunteer work in the third world

Profile photo of Sandy Sandy (@sandman) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

You can definitely do all of these things. Fortunately, many of the goals you’ve chosen do not have to be done concurrently.

I’ve noticed two qualities in people who achieve incredible things. (They may represent two different strategies.)

One is an unwavering passion. Malcolm Gladwell describes TALENT not as innate ability, but rather how much someone will pursue an activity – even to the point of obsession. If you look at top athletes… yes, they had natural ability, but they also practiced all the time, obsessively. Their friends played video games and went out drinking, but all they wanted to do is shoot 3-pointers for 3 more hours or ride another 25 miles on their bike or do another 1,000 judo uchikomi. They entered every competition and never let setbacks slow them down. So, strategy #1 is obsession.

The second strategy is more the Tim Ferriss style. Ferriss is a life hacker. He set out to win a martial arts competition with very little preparation. Essentially, he gamed the rules and just got really good at picking up and throwing the other contestants out of the competition area. Maybe not sporting, but he won the competition, beating many competitors who had much more experience and technical fighting skill. He has hacked everything from Tango to cooking. So, make it happen. Want to speak at a TED conference? Well, guess what? You can HOST a TEDx conference. Why not? There are hundreds of local TEDx conferences all around the world every year. Then give yourself a speaking slot! That’s a hacker solution, but it counts!

Also, be open to opportunity and grace. Fortune favors the bold.

Profile photo of TheSkaFish TheSkaFish M (@theskafish) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

I want to:

-set up passive income and leave the rat race, before it convinces me to slit my wrists
-write the next big sci fi story
-write and play some legit punk/ska, psychedelia, grunge, or shoegaze/dreamy sounding stuff on my guitar, and lyrically
-have a ladyfriend

but right now i’m just hoping i passed my web design course….because if i didn’t i’m fucked. no more money for school then, i’ll have to work full time at ups….which means y’all won’t hear from me again, because i’ll have offed myself. fuck that.

Profile photo of Nguyen Nguyen (@nguyentran93) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@visco “Shoot for the star. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
– Les Brown
That’s all I can say, my friend :) It matters not what you achieve, but what you’ve picked up along the way.

Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

If I tell you it’s too much, will you skip things? And that case, not it’s not too much.
If I tell you it’s not not too much, will you do all the things? In that case, it’s too much.\

Just do whatever you feel like doing.

Profile photo of TheSkaFish TheSkaFish M (@theskafish) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@xyver, thanks dude. I plan to practice my coding over winter break so I’m good to go for next semester. Actually I’m trying not to think in terms of semesters or school at all, and more about how I’m going to get this field to bring me success, in which case there really is no break. But at the moment I’m really crossing my fingers I didn’t fail……I got a job and started feeling really burnt out, and had been bleeding points like crazy.

Profile photo of CosmicLemonade CosmicLemonade (@cosmiclemonade) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

This thread is very inspiring.

My goals: grow as a musician
grow as a Teacher
talk to more random people
sell all my unnecessary things
live somewhere with awesome culture
travel to other planets/dimensions
compose music and lead a group
higher forms of intellectual and spiritual expression

Profile photo of Vasco B Vasco B C (@vasco) 2 years, 1 month ago ago

@feren6, @seba1947, @jakefloria, @staylucky, @antlob, @deej, @chekovchameleon, @sandman, @theskafish, @livelifeloving, Thank you all for the support :)

I think that, despite some of my goals being very hard, it’s good for me to aim for them. I might have high ambitions but I don’t have any expectations: as long as I’m working towards the goals, actually achieving them doesn’t really matter. I will work towards achieving them but not base my sense of self worth on whether I do achieve them. Besides, another one of my goals, which I am working on right now, is to be happy no matter what, so that will help if I ‘fail’ at the others.

I know this is not the right thread, but I’d also like to ask you to check out my blog and maybe give me some feedback (http://www.vascobrazao.com) on the content (I’ll work on the design later) — do you think it actually provides value to people and helps them? How could I make it better?

Thanks again :)

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