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How long will your dream take? (100 words)

Your dream is taking too long.

It’s slow and tedious.

Prettier people online are having faster results, bigger wins and they always know the right place to look during a selfie.

Why is your goal taking so long?

Better yet, how long should it take to happen?

Well, I studied journalism in college for four years.

I spent fifteen years writing for corporate America.

All told, it took me 19 years to become a full time writer.

If your dream only takes 15 years to happen, you’re killing me by four.

Don’t sweat the pace.

Fast dreams are fake dreams.

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Jon Acuff
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6 Comments

  1. I SO NEEDED THIS TODAY!!! Thanks for the reminder my friend. 🙂

  2. Love. This. Post. It really puts things in perspective. Looking forward to the next segment on where to look during a selfie.

  3. I’m hoping to accomplish mine in 8 years – that’s a long time to grind! But I guess it’s not 19.

    Thanks for this encouragement, Jon.

  4. AMEN! Age is not the issue, unless it gets into your head…and then it becomes a barrier to yourself in accomplishing anything.

    Look at this list of those that accomplished fantastic things at what consider OLD:
    • At 62, J.R.R. Tolkien published the first volume of his fantasy series, “Lord of the Rings.”
    • At 65, jazz musician Miles Davis defiantly performed his final live album, just weeks before he died.
    • At 65, Colonel Sanders started KFC.
    • At 66, Noah Webster completed his monumental “American Dictionary of the English Language.”
    • At 70, Cornelius Vanderbilt began buying railroads.
    • At 74, Ferdinand Marie de Lesseps began an attempt to construct the Suez Canal.
    • At 77, John Glenn became the oldest person to go into space.
    • At 83, famed baby doctor Benjamin Spock championed for world peace.
    • At 84, W. Somerset Maugham wrote “Points of View.”
    • At 87, Mary Baker Eddy founded the Christian Science Monitor.
    • At 89, Arthur Rubinstein performed one of his greatest recitals in Carnegie Hall.
    • At 91, Allan Stewart of New South Wales completed a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of New England.
    • At 94, comedian George Burns performed in Schenectady, NY, 63 years after his first performance there.
    • At 100, Frank Schearer seems to be the oldest active water skier in the world.
    (http://www.businessinsider.com/100-amazing-accomplishments-achieved-at-every-age-2014-3)

    And if it’s not age there will be something else that can be a barrier:
    * race – Jackie Robinson started to break that one down in MLB
    * disabilities – Joni Eareckson Tada shows us that doesn’t have to stop us
    * reputation – Chuck Colson proved that even a convicted felon can achieve much
    * failure – Abraham Lincoln failed at almost everything he tried before he finally became president

    And the list goes on. What’s yours? I identify because I grew up with a poor self esteem and didn’t think I could do anything of note. God is working to change the way I view me, and he brings some amazing people to help with that.

    So don’t worry about how long it takes you to get your dream on paper and into reality, just keep pursuing it. Don’t let any of the other barriers we erect for ourselves, or less noble people in society try and erect for us, stop you from pursuing your goals. YOU CAN DO IR!

    Thanks for the provoking thoughts, Jon!

  5. Loved this message Jon. Been sweating those pretty people myself a bit, but I’m taking the long view as you suggest and grinding out the work. We’ll see where I end up a year from now…

  6. So freaking true. I had this mental switch over this past year where I began making long-term commitments to a few of the projects I’m deeply passionate about. I think it’s easy to see the success of others and not realize the years spent to get there. Our culture is deeply satisfied with immediate gratification; and that works when you’re the consumer ready to buy. But we cannot treat our dreams as if we’re the consumer and pretend like we can just buy our future now. Thank you for reinforcing the reality that sustainable success happens over a period of invested time, effort and energy. You rock!