3 Questions that Give Legs to Your Dreams

“I’m living the dream,” is sarcasm. The only dream you’re living includes stinky sweat and purposeful perseverance.

The only thing easy about big dreams is dreaming them.

3 myths about big dreams:

Myth #1: The universe conspires to make it happen. I don’t know what Ralph Waldo Emerson was smoking when he said, “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”

The universe conspires to stay the same.

Myth #2: The path forward is easy. An easy dream insults your talent.

Myth #3: The path forward is is predictable. The path always has surprising turns. Sometimes you end up where you didn’t planned to go.


  • Disruption: Dreams always cause confusion. It’s never a straight line to success.
  • Difficulty: An easy dream isn’t a dream. It’s an illusion.
  • Delay: Most big dreams take longer than expected.
  • Disappointment: The path forward is littered with a thousand small defeats.
  • Death: Dreams die and come to life again. 

The deeper issue of dreams: Character

Success destroys the unprepared.  The ‘D’s’ of disruption, difficult, delay, disappointment, and death shape you.

Who you become is more important than what you accomplish. 

Action not imagination:

Make a list of everything you might do to achieve your dream. I’m not talking about spending time in your basement imagining and planning. I’m talking about things you can actually do – out in the world – to bring your dream to life.

The only decision that makes things happen is the one that gets your butt off the couch.

3 questions that give legs to your dreams:

  1. Who might you approach, recruit, or serve?
  2. What products might you create and deliver?
  3. What imperfect progress might you make this week?

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” Warren Bennis

What connection does dreaming have with success?

What gives legs to dreams?


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