I desperately want to live in a world where impossible dreams can come true. And the more I live in this world, the more I believe that it is entirely possible. I have been reading Michael Hyatt’s book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, and he talks about how writing down your dreams will turn them into goals. And people who write them down are more likely to accomplish their goals.
I’m a list maker by nature. I even have lists for my lists. People have made fun of me for it my entire life, but it’s the only way I ever remember anything or get anything done.
Since I was twelve years old I have been writing down my dreams, and after reading Michael Hyatt’s book, I realized how powerful that statement actually was because many of the dreams I thought were impossible have actually come true for me.
Dreams I Wrote Down
- Become a Filmmaker
Everyone I know tried to dissuade me from this by saying it wasn’t possible, but I wrote it down at the top of my list of dreams. As of today, I have successfully released my first short film Avarice and am currently working on my next project.
- Live in Another Country
Second on my dream list was to live in another country for a while to experience life outside of my comfort zone. In 2007 when I was 22, I moved to New Zealand where I lived for a year. It was one of the best years of my life.
- Meet Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor is a five time Oscar winner for Lord of the Rings and the creator and head of Weta Workshop (a film prop and special effects company). Other than being a famous filmmaker, he also lives in New Zealand, which was worlds away from where I was.
During the year I was in New Zealand, I had the incredible opportunity to meet Richard Taylor at a book signing that was being held at Weta Cave. It was a defining moment in my life because he actually offered me valuable advice that led me to believe that I could follow my dream as a filmmaker.
If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It
I think society today, especially the igeneration and younger, believes that dreams should be handed to them on a silver platter. If you dream it, you can do it. What are you willing to do to make those dreams come true?
I have talked to so many people who have told me they really admire that I am doing what I am most passionate about. But they always add that they wish they could be living out their own dreams. My answer is always the same. Why can’t you?
If there is something you are truly passionate about, why on earth would you not be doing everything in your power to do it? Make a list. See what happens.
So what about your dreams? What do you want most out of life, and what are you willing to do make them come true?