I chanced upon this quote on my Facebook feed, posted by a former colleague. I wouldn’t have thought that PR girl and America’s Next Top Model judge Kelly Catrone would be a legit source of some good old words of wisdom, but *surprise surprise* the lady does talk sense if you give her a chance. (Let us all together now look past the unpleasantries on her reality TV show Kell on Earth.)
“You’ll find out as you set out after your dreams that most people don’t really want you to transcend the situation you were born into. Perhaps they’re scared for you, perhaps they don’t believe in you, or perhaps they’re just nasty, negative naysayers. Whichever it is, I advise you to stop sharing your dreams with people who try to hold you back. Because, if you’re the kind of person who senses there’s something out there for you beyond whatever it is you’re expected to do, if you want to be extraordinary, you will not get there by hanging around a bunch of people who tell you you’re not extraordinary. Instead, you will probably become as ordinary as they expect you to be. We have a saying in New York: when you’re the most happening person at the party, it’s time to leave.”
This quote reminded me so much of my favorite scene in the Pursuit of Happyness, which tells the story of Chris Gardner.
You want something, go get it. Period.
And while we’re on the subject, here’s a Tumblr reposts collage I made — my dreamboard!
Don’t let fear (of failure, of judgement, of taking risks) get in the way of your dreams.
Find out what it is that truly makes you happy, find a way to get to it, and then go after it. If it’s something that keeps your heart burning with undeniable passion, something that gets your mind going, something that challenges you to walk the extra mile, something that gives meaning to your life, then it might just be worth waking up for each day. So why wait? Don’t let your dreams stay dreams. Act on them!
Images were taken from Tumblr. Click on the Note to Self tag below for more entries from this series.