Realistic. It’s a word used by parents, by teachers, by some friends.
It’s a word despised by kids, by dreamers, by entrepreneurs.
We see it as limiting.
They will say “Why dream big? You are not being realistic.”
Dreams aren’t supposed to be realistic.
I like to think of the saying – aim for the moon because even if you land on the clouds you will be okay.
If you only set your sights on the trees, you may not get hurt from falling from a branch to the ground, but you also won’t get the benefit of the chance that your dream can come true.
Of course there is also balance.
You can’t always have your head in the clouds.
I see rappers aspire to be the next Jay-Z, or the next Drake.
It’s great to have these aspirations. But it can also set yourself up for failure when you don’t achieve their level of success. Both of these artists are one in a million success stories.
What should you do?
I think the best thing to do is aspire to be the best you.
In the words of Oscar Wilde – “Be yourself, everyone else is taken”