Who Are You Rooting For?

All our lives, we have been rooting for others.

Think about it, year after year, we root for our favorite sports team to win championships. We root for our favorite boybands. We root for our favorite superheroes to defeat the villains in Marvel films. and on course, we also root fervently for our preferred presidential candidates, especially every time election fever comes around.

But have you ever asked yourself this question: when’s the last time you rooted for yourself? When’s the last time when you find yourself in a difficult situation, and you told yourself,”Don’t give up, you can do it.” I guess it has been awhile since, isn’t it?

We are not cheering for ourselves simply because we aren’t setting big enough goals.

Don’t deprive the person who needs your rooting the most. That person is, yes, You.

Time to set big goals for yourself. Time to go all out for your dreams and live your life to the fullest.

Why Do People Not Chase Their Dreams

If you’re reading this, there’s a high chance that you are encountering some sort of internal struggles in regards to chasing your dreams.

Like everyone, we have big dreams. But when it comes to actually “going for it”, we get cold feet.

Why is this so?

Brainwashed

For too long, we are brainwashed to think that we must be realistic and dreams are just fantasies that only the foolish pursue.

So, what do we do? Study hard, listen to our parents, get a job so that we don’t starve, and live a safe but relatively mundane life.

The key here is what belief system we are choosing to adopt. If our belief system is that we will be stuck in mediocrity for the rest of our lives, then we will behave in that manner.

However, if we can somehow adopt a more positive belief system, then the probability of achieving our dreams will increase exponentially.

The People Around Us

“You’re the sum average of the five people you spend most of your time with.” – Jim Rohn.

Observe the people you are always spending time with. Are they driven and always motivated to push themselves to achieve their dreams?

Or are they always indulging in gossips and discussing last night’s Game of Thrones?

You have a choice of who, and what, you want to surround yourself with. Just remember, positive begets positive. And negative begets negative.

Weak Justifications

Most people who are not chasing their dreams and fulfilling their potential is because they do not have strong enough reasons to do so.

In order to find the immense fuel power required to launch ourselves towards our dreams, our reasons must be insanely strong.

How strong, exactly? Strong enough to overcome our innate tendency to succumb to our existing comfort, status quo, and stability.

Start! Start! Start!

“Rich people acquire assets. Poor people acquire liabilities.” – Robert Kiyosaki.

It’s really that simple. But why are there so many people who still don’t get it? Why are so many people still “buying things that they don’t need to with money that they don’t have to impress people who they don’t like”? It’s astonishing to learn that 78 percent of Americans are living from paycheck to paycheck. This means that they are one retrenchment away from financial destruction, if they aren’t already destroyed yet.

I have been very curious about money since young. I remember when I was around 7 years old, I would cut out the watches and appliances in newspaper advertisement and place them outside my house, pretending to be a businessman. I would stick arrows 100 metres away, pointing towards my house, to tell people that I’m having a sale. One day, my mum came home and followed those arrows and she was shocked at what I did. She tore off those arrows and lectured me that I shouldn’t do that.

Sadly, those seemingly innocuous words, “you shouldn’t do that”, got etched in my soul from then onward. Most of us grow up learning that we should always stay in the path. Be safe. Avoid saying the wrong things. Unfortunately, that’s also why people don’t find massive success in their adulthood. That’s why people don’t dare to dream big and don’t fulfill their fullest potential. And that’s why people don’t live a life of meaning and purpose.

How most people live? Find a decent job with a decent pay. Buy a house on a 20 year mortgage loan. Get married and have 2 or 3 kids. And pray that they don’t get fired when the next retrenchment exercise comes around. Wow, how stressful such a life is, isn’t it?

In Robert Kiyosaki’s famous book, Cashflow Quadrant, he stated that wealth is found in the B and I quadrants. B stands for Business and I stands for Investment. The other 2 quadrants and E (employment) and S (Self-employed). If we really want to acquire true wealth, we need to operate in the B and I quadrants. The problem is that most of us go through an education system in our youth preparing us with the skills to function only in the E quadrant. To be operating in the B and I quadrants, we will need to change our mindsets. We will need to acquire the right skills and knowledge to ensure that we become successful in our businesses and investments.

If you are want to move to the B and I quadrants, then you will need to start moving. Opportunities don’t wait. They passes us by with time.

If you want to have a success story that people wants to listen to in years to come, then you will need to start somewhere. If not, the only things you will have to share will be your regrets. Which I can assure you, nobody would really be interested in.

Image from: Andrea Piacquadio