This is a great foundation of overlooked wisdom.
Allow me to reiterate this essay in a different fashion for others who didn’t quite get what Mr. Goins wrote here.
When talking to successful people (those who wanted to do something difficult, set out to do it, and then achieved it), they always had a dream. The dream was very detailed, explicit, and focused. So they tell others to “follow their dreams,” while presuming that their dreams are pretty much like those that everyone else has.
But they’re not.
This is not just a dream of “Gee, wouldn’t it be neat to do ____.”
- You need education (It can be formal or informal, but it needs to be recognizable).
- You need relevant experience (You aren’t a genius, and even genius needs practice)
- Start small and prove that this can work.
- With this proof, get funding, and take things up a level.
Success doesn’t happen overnight. It involves a hell of a lot of work, research, and socializing. It doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The way many talk about it, you’d think someone woke up one morning and said, “I’ll make a reusable rocket” and a whole bunch of people assemble around you and say YES! LETS’S MAKE A REUSABLE ROCKET! Nope. It takes work. Real work. Failures too. You need to be resilient, willing to learn, and yet focused at the same time.
It takes detailed dreams and leadership. And no, not everyone has that.