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If Not Now – Then When?

Very few people actually follow or live their dream. Most of us start with a dream and then life happens. Student loan payments start, rent, food, bills start to pile up. Maybe you started grad school that will accumulate more debt so you put the dream on hold to find a job until you can get back on your feet.  Then you got married and priorities changed again. Hopefully, you were able to turn the job into a career that pays the bills, allows you to put away some money, buy a car, a house, raise a family, take an occasional vacation, and buy the “toys” that make you happy. But are you really happy? Do you still have that thought in the back of your mind that says “You know, I had a dream that someday I would do this or try that?”

OK, let’s have a reality check. Did you give up your dream in exchange for the security of a steady paycheck? How secure is that paycheck now? Did you keep delaying the dream because you just bought a bigger house and the kids will be going to college in a few years? Did you keep justifying keeping the dream on hold because you haven’t won the lottery or inherited millions of dollars? Are you still wanting someday to come? Well, the bad news is there is no day on the calendar called “someday.”

Lewis Carroll wrote: “IN THE END… We only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.”

Do you still have a dream? Maybe it has changed over the years but do you still have a dream? Will you make the decision to leave your successful but unfulfilling existence? Most of us won’t. Too much risk. Don’t have the time. Don’t have the energy to start something new.  Moving out of your comfort zone is not easy and no one can blame you if you don’t try. But consider this, life has plans of its own. In the last two decades, the world has changed. No career or job is a guarantee. Lifetime employment no longer exists. Your life could change through no fault of your own.

So, if you still have a dream, test the water. Build a plan with a safety net or stop loss. Maybe it starts out as a “side hustle” and grows into your full-time passion. For those of us who did, the rush of exhilaration is amazing. It is and will be a lot of work. It will at times become frustrating and depressing. There will be days when you want to give up, but can there be anything more rewarding than living your dream?

Frank Zaccarihttps://www.frankzaccari.com/
Facilitator, Professional Problem Solver, Radio Show Host, Best-selling Author, Keynote Speaker A native of western New York, Frank Zaccari served as a military medic in the U.S. Air Force before spending over 20 years in the high-tech industry. His experience included senior positions with Fortune 50 organizations to turning around small and mid-size companies. His path has helped him learn a great deal about business, finance, organizational development, people, and success. Frank has written and published six books based on life-altering events. His latest book "Business Secrets for Walking on Water" is the #1 Best Selling New Release. He teaches a program for aspiring entrepreneurs at Arizona State University; he is a mentor with the Veterans Treatment Court; a mentor and judge with the University of California Entrepreneurship Academy and is an accomplished keynote speaker. Frank is the host of a Roku TV show which has reached over 220,000 people in 42 countries. After 30 years as a successful executive, author, and entrepreneur, Frank has joined forces with Jay Abraham and Gaby Ory to form THE TAG TEAM to leverage the knowledge and experience he gained to help aspiring entrepreneurs and other leaders uncover hidden opportunities, find solutions to pressing personal and professional challenges, and build high performing organizations. Education includes the UCLA Anderson School of Business – Management Development for Entrepreneurs Certification Program and California State University at Sacramento – Bachelors of Science – Finance. Frank is a contributing author to the inspiring book Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy

8 COMMENTS

  1. Love love love this Frank Zaccari! “Well, the bad news is there is no day on the calendar called “someday.”…. Like we talked about today; if you knew you had 6 months to live, what would you do? Whatever that is, why not now? You may only have 6 months to live, 6 weeks or 6 days. #ifnotnowwhen

    • Thank you Carolyn – this is what we talked about during our interview. I love your statement if you knew you had 6 months to live, what would you do? Whatever that is, why not now? You may only have 6 months to live, 6 weeks or 6 days. #ifnotnowwhen – I am going to use it often.

  2. If you want to live a life below of your chances, see at what first the market offers. If you want to live an extraordinary life, with a job that meets in full, start from yourself, from your talents, passions, skills and then find out what you are looking for you. All that others can do, why with patience you cannot do it too? Just keep well in sight this rule: try again.
    Plan own life, a career, is a very serious thing. So we must avoid wasting time to have second thoughts in a world that runs faster and requires more and more qualified people.
    Even if it is not enough to have a professional project to succeed, to have an idea of the profession that one whant do to be equipped to automatically find it or even be perfectly prepared, with knowledge and capacity, to make sure to have certaintyto find the work we love, we must commit to try.
    But, we must avoid weep upon ourselves if things don’t seem to go as hoped. In life there are no shortcuts to seek but only road we believe in to follow, and we have to have the courage to go. To succeed, one must first of all believe in oneself, overcoming every kind of fears. There are no shortcuts but only obstacles to overcome.

  3. Hello Frank,
    Both motivating and inspiring. We all have dreams and some do get lost in the cycle of life. Some get confused and influence with the thoughts of what others tell us to dream for. I like that we are reminded to really take a look inside and ask ourselves the tough questions..and if our dreams are aligned with our current way of living. It’s never too late to start! That’s the best part.
    Thank you for this article my friend,

    And the quote…
    “ Lewis Carroll wrote: “IN THE END… We only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.”

    Alice in Wonderland is an all time favourite of mine and I still carry it in my heart. The fact that I can relate to it in so many levels as well. A fascinating background in the life of Lewis Caroll and exposure to mental health as well!

    Great read today my friend!

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