I’ve been thinking a lot about how to keep dreams and passions alive, yet as an adult I’ve been trained to take my ideas and process them logically (usually until they are so broken down that they disintegrate). Will it help me professionally? Will it be stable? Will it pay the bills? These are important questions for sure, but I have elevated them too much. Is there a sweet spot where I can keep my passions aflame and somehow apply them towards something that would contribute towards the greater good? I still believe there is.
A couple of weeks ago I met up with old friend, Sarin Kuruvilla, to chat about his recent project, Taggist, an intelligent platform that allows users to shop from any image on the internet. What was supposed to be an interview turned out to be a long conversation about pursuing dreams and the strength of community.
What speaks volumes of Sarin’s strength of character is that he doesn’t pursue his passions with defiance against the naysayers. He takes the smallest encouragements and keeps building. From our conversation, I’ve gleaned 5 tips to help us all keep our dreams alive…
1. It’s an accomplishment to just try.
His main advice was, “Just go for it.” Too many times we measure our accomplishments purely by success. But I agree with Sarin when he said that it’s an accomplishment just to try. Instead of a mindset of ‘success or nothing,’ just try it out. Even if it doesn’t work out the way you want (which it rarely ever does anyway), learn and grow and keep the momentum forward.
2. The purity of your passion will activate the right people.
3. Make it a priority to meet with people who will encourage you.
4. Stay open and look up.
Discouragement can only do two things: it can either stick to you and cause you to stop creating and dreaming, or it can be ignored and powerless. I’ve come to learn that I have the power to choose what will result. There will always be haters, doubters, and ‘misunderstanders.’ Never take it personally and never let it stick. Stay open and hopeful — believe in yourself and let time be your friend. Allow yourself to be challenged and stretched in order to grow. And, on those really rough days (which are inevitable) jam out to your favorite song, call an old friend, or make a list of all the things you are thankful for and pin it where you can see it every day. Don’t give up! 🙂