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If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs

I love this quote by motivational speaker and coach Tony Gaskins that I saw on facebook yesterday:

If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help you build theirs. It is so true. The irony is, 95% of people I know are doing nothing to build their dreams, not even to find out what their dream is! So many people are working so hard getting a job, getting next month’s pay check, when they have a job they worry about what their bosses and colleagues think and when they are getting a promotion or a 5% raise.

If you are in that situation, don’t forget you have dreams yourself and that ultimately they need to be taken care of. Don’t let ten years of 60 hour weeks pass until you realise you made everybody else rich and happy but yourself.

How do you do it though? I remember being a student myself, and only ever thinking what profession I was going to choose and which big company would hire me. This is what everybody (unless they’re lucky enough to be surrounded by entrepreneurs in their family or among peers) is told to do – to find a job, to get a salary to cover rent and food and holidays, with a few hundred bucks left for savings at the end of the month, if you’re lucky. If you have no financial buffer and that next rent payment is looming, of course you will stop thinking and just look for a job in a frenzy, and you will be so happy when you find your first job. If you are a student at university, I say you are one of the luckiest people on this planet because you have a couple of years to work on your dreams while using the cover of being a student to be immune to questions about why you don’t have a job.

If you’re studying, don’t forget that your number one job is not taking exams and fulfilling the curriculum, your number one job is to take care of yourself, your passions, your talents and your dreams. Excel at exams only to the extent that they serve your purpose, not as a goal in themselves.


If you’re working already, also start shifting your energies to all the activities that are in line with your dreams – make sure you learn a lot and build relationships that could be useful to you in the future. Ironically, this could actually enhance your job performance, because you will shift from an employee mentality to the kind of big picture mindset that (hopefully) the senior management in your company has, and you will likely identify opportunities for efficiency gains or growth.

Make sure you stop and think. Are you currently focusing all your energies on building someone else’s dream? What are you doing for yourself? What have you done for yourself? For your family? Your friends? Who is benefiting from all your hard work? When are you going to take care of your dreams?

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  • MJ September 2, 2012, 9:50 PM

    I don’t know how I landed on your site, but I am happy that I read it. I am a student who is having some trouble in school but has goal. Your post has given me some motivation to achieve that goal. Thank you

  • Farrukh Shahzad September 5, 2012, 8:46 AM

    This is true we all are equal, but main difference is pursuing of our dream or one should say daring to see the dreams.

  • Karla
    Twitter: FitMoms40Plus
    October 12, 2012, 8:59 PM

    I read a lot on personal development, and that brought me to this site. There are no accidents! I was meant to read this today. Thank you!

  • Brenda L. Flores October 25, 2012, 4:29 PM

    I loved the article.

  • Anonymous November 23, 2012, 11:13 PM

    all that there are written are true, thank you for this post

  • collins December 3, 2012, 1:13 AM

    student myself in high school, and i truly tell you..the dream will and must be achived

  • Tim April 16, 2013, 2:28 AM

    Somehow I found this article as other have. I must say, this is the most heavy and most touching material I have read in many years.

    Thank you so much.

  • Brian May 27, 2013, 2:06 PM

    Most people don’t believe in their own ability, because they have been told from a very young age to get an education so that they can get a good job.

    They are not told to find out what their gifts/talents/interests are and use it to make a living. They are not told to not just work hard, but work smarter.

  • Rob Liano July 4, 2013, 2:10 AM

    If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs! – Dhirubhai Ambani – born in 1932

    Long before Farrah Grey & Tony Gaskins existed who are often credited with saying this.

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