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 Zaccari
Frank Zaccari
Business/Organizational Development Expert - Key Note Speaker - 4x Best Selling Author - Radio and Roku TV host of Life-Altering Events and Featured Contributor BIZCATALYST 360°, US Air Force veteran. He is also the co-founder of the Wellness Connection (a series of wellness clinic that will be launched soon) Frank Zaccari- 35 years - Sr. Executive & business owner, a dynamic, engaging, and entertaining Keynote Speaker, 4x bestselling Author, Business Adviser, ROKU TV Show Host, VoiceAmerica host of Life-Altering Events, wrote and published 8 books, leads a workshop at Arizona State University; mentors Veterans, is a mentor and judge at University of California Entrepreneurship Academy. His "Business & Personal Secrets" series has produced three #1 bestselling books in twelve months. The most recent bestseller "Business & Professional Secrets for Getting Unstuck" (May 2022) is a follow-up to his other best-selling books in the series "Business Secrets for Walking on Water" (May 2021) and "Business & Personal Secrets for Avoiding Relationship Landmines." (November 2021). Frank provides long-term consulting with midsize companies to sustain success, scale, fund growth, pivot (dynamic change), and significantly improve profitability in a positive business environment. He re-enforces this consulting by providing both on-site and virtual workshops which expand on his Business and Personal Secrets book series. In addition, Frank and his team, are running public relations and marketing campaigns for authors, including ghostwriting services if necessary. This program has generated seven consecutive #1 bestselling books.

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  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

  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!