Do Something: 3 People Who Are Living Their Dreams

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Run the race to win!

[This is part of the Starting 2011 Off Right series]

In planning out 2011, I looked back on 2010 and saw where I did well and where I need work. Then I set goals for this year in the seven goal cate­gories. Both were difficult, but the most difficult part is still ahead. You can fully under­stand your strengths and weakness, and even have a plan that lays out how you can change things; but if you never step out and do something you will never turn your dreams into your reality.

This post is about hope. I want to introduce you to three people I highly respect who have taken their dreams and turned them into their reality.

Laura: I Always Wanted to Travel

Laura always dreamed of traveling the globe. But for now she had to finish college, she needed a nine-to-five job, and she needed to fit in the norm. Travel would come someday, but certainly not today.

A few years back, Laura woke up and things were different. She was single, out of college, and not really doing a whole lot with her life. She found herself asking the question, “Why don’t I travel?”

The question changed Laura’s life. She rented a small apartment with a roommate and began working every possible shift she could as a waitress. In her free time she researched different ways explore Europe and even­tu­ally found ten, fifteen, and twenty day tours that would take her to places like France, Italy, England, and Egypt.

She looked back on her life and saw she needed a change. She set goals that made that change possible. And then she set out to work and began to travel. A few years later, even though she is “settling down” a bit, Laura still travels once or twice a year. She is adven­turous, fun, and has great stories to tell.

Michael: I Want To Talk About Baseball

My friend Michael loves baseball. I have never met another person who could rattle off more about the game than him. When the Rangers made it to the playoffs he was the one who explained all the intri­ca­cies of the game to me. As the World Series came to an end he told me he dreamed of watching every game, following every statistic, and talking baseball all day. From that dream came the blog The Bleacher Seats.

At The Bleacher Seats Mike talks baseball. He turns what I used to think was an unin­ter­esting sport into one of my favorite blogs. He does an amazing job at explaining the game to “the baseball stupid” like me.

He looked back and saw he had a gift for writing and a love of baseball. He set goals to create a blog and to write regularly. And now he is inspiring people like me to love a game we had once left behind.

Shane: I Never Thought I Would Love My Work

In 2008 Shane was a granite cutter and truck driver. On his quest to get out of debt, he found himself cutting granite and selling cars. He hated his work but believed the lie, “you can never love what you do.” That is, until, he read Dan Miller’s “48 Days To The Work You Love”.

In Dan’s book he discov­ered a truth that changed his life: it is possible to make lots of money doing what you love. He went from cutting granite to creating YouTube videos. He went from making fifty thousand a year to several hundred thousand! You know him better as ShayCarl.

He looked back on his life and saw he had a desire and a talent to entertain people on YouTube. He set goals that made him one of the highest paid indi­vid­uals in his field. And then he did the work necessary to bring in substan­tial income. Check out the video he did for his Dave Ramsey debt free scream:

Are You Ready?

What about you? Have you looked back and seen 2010 lacking? Have you taken that deficit and set goals that, if accom­plished, will change your life? If so, it is time to do something. Like Laura, Michael, and Shane you can decide to change your life right now.

6 Responses to “Do Something: 3 People Who Are Living Their Dreams”

  1. Mike Luna January 25, 2011 at 2:42 PM #

    To be fair, I probably wouldn’t have ever consid­ered setting up The Bleacher Seats if not for the encour­age­ment of some guy I know named Alex.

  2. John Saddington January 25, 2011 at 6:29 PM #

    i love seeing things like this. live the dream!

    • Alex Humphrey January 25, 2011 at 9:21 PM #

      Thank you so much John! It means a lot to me. You are a huge inspi­ra­tion for me!

  3. Dustin January 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM #

    Love the charge to “Do Something”. Those two simple words are so simple, yet powerful.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • Alex January 26, 2011 at 7:29 PM #

      You are very welcome, Dustin!

      Now let’s see how many people actually go out and Do Something! lol

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