If you don’t do this, you’ll give up on a dream.

Recently, I walked on stage to speak to about 700 people.

I sat in the front row, watching the other speakers first so that I could get a feel of the room.

As I stood to climb the stairs at the front of the stage, the crowd started roaring in laughter.

I immediately thought, “That’s weird, they’re already laughing. They must really love me! This crowd is already laughing and I haven’t even said a single thing yet. Wait until they hear what I have to say.”

As I turned around to face them, people on the front row were yelling and pointing at me.

Turns out the crowd wasn’t laughing because they’ve heard I’m funny. They were laughing because I had this sign on my back:

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Dreams are free.

According the the Internets, a guy named Stephen C. Hogan is the first person who said this. A talented artist named Noel Shiveley designed this image.

And the truth is, it’s dead on.

Most people will pay that first part.

Dreaming is easy.

Hustle, the art of doing, is when things get expensive.

Pay it. Both parts are worth the investment.

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How fast is the world changing? Watch this video of Steve Jobs to find out.

In this video, Steve Jobs debuts wifi to a crowd at an Apple event. (I initially saw it on the Consumerist.)

At the 55 second mark he carries his computer away while looking at “CNN Interactive” and the crowd goes bonkers.

He gets a standing ovation for using the Internet without cords, something you can do at McDonald’s today for free.

The craziest part is that this was in 1999.

That’s only 15 years ago.

A technology people thought was borderline voodoo, something worth a standing ovation, is now so common place that when a hotel doesn’t give it to you for free you’re frustrated.

Change is coming. For all of us.

Get ready.

What we gasp in awe at today will be commonplace tomorrow.

Innovate or disappear.


 

 

Everything is a lesson if you look at it the right way.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they quit learning when they graduate from college.

The student part of them switches off as they switch on the employee part of them.

Don’t do this.

Stay in school even if you never enter one again.

You have to keep learning if you want to keep growing.

It’s easy because everything is a lesson if you look at it the right way.

Recently, Philip Galanes interviewed Kobe Bryant and Arianna Huffington for the NY Times. (You can read the article here.)

One particular comment from Kobe struck me. He never went to college, but from this statement, it’s clear he never stopped learning:

When you watch me shoot my fadeaway jumper, you’ll notice my leg is always extended. I had problems making that shot in the past. It’s tough. So one day I’m watching the Discovery Channel and see a cheetah hunting. When the cheetah runs, its tail always gives it balance, even if it’s cutting a sharp angle. And that’s when I was like: My leg could be the tail, right? – Kobe Bryant

What’s one way you could learn something new this week?

 

There are no small microphone moments.

(Today is a post from one of the new voices on the site, Casey Lewis!)

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A few months back I noticed a post on Facebook for a new conference that was happening in June.

This new event was being put on by the Tulsa 5 Club and was called Launch Out. The idea was quite unique and unlike any conference you’ve ever seen before. At this 2 day conference, the attendees were also some of the speakers.

Basically, it was an event that provided you the platform to Launch Out toward your dream. Re-gardless of what that dream is, regardless of how many times you’ve spoken on stage before, this conference was allowing you the opportunity to tell the world that you were ready. A few weeks later I got a direct message from the conference organizer asking me to be the closing speaker.

I’ve been sharing ideas and stories from a stage for several years. I’ve been “Launched Out” and working as an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, and coach for quite some time. I’m nowhere near professional, but if the goal of the event was to give people who have never spoken a chance to speak, I didn’t necessarily fit that category.

So why did I spend money on a rental car? Why did I wake up at 3am to drive to Tulsa, OK? Why did I stay up for 30 hours straight to make the long drive back to Dallas? Why did I pay a registration fee to a conference where I was already scheduled as a keynote speaker?

Because there was an open stage.

Because there was an audience that needed to hear a message that I needed to share.

Because sometimes in order to be invited to speak on the main-stage at a major national con-ference it requires investing some time and money into speaking at an unknown event in Tulsa.

Maybe you don’t want to speak professionally and are thinking this idea doesn’t apply to you. Perhaps your dream is to be a published author. Or maybe you want to be a teacher. Or a musician. Or some other version of something awesome. How then does this idea translate to your dream? When there’s an opportunity out there for you to do something that you are uniquely equipped to do, take that opportunity.

If it costs a little money, invest. If it takes some extra time, look for room in your schedule. If you have to stay awake for 30 hours straight, make that sacrifice. You could use the practice and the world can use your dream. Dreaming isn’t easy. Opportunities don’t come along every day. So when you’re invited to do your version of awesome, do it.

Question:
What’s an opportunity you need to take now to grow your dream?

(For more great ideas from Casey Lewis, check out his blog and follow him on Twitter!)