Not Fulfilling Your Dreams Harms Those Around You

When you don’t work to achieve your dreams, you’re harming not just yourself, but everyone around you.

People are already cynical enough about the possibility of living courageously, living adventurously, and living fully. People already are set to give up on dreams by the time they reach college. They don’t need your help on the path to mediocrity.

But if you set a goal, talk about it, and never reach that goal, you will be actively contributing to the loss of hope in the world. You are helping the people around you to lose faith that it’s possible to bring a big idea into reality.

Kids are watching you. Your parents are watching you. Your friends are watching you. And of course their kids, parents, and friends are watching them. The outcome of your dream – something or nothing – will either persuade them to work toward their goals or dissuade them from dreaming at all.

If you fail, they can fail, too – or never try at all. If you half-ass it, they can half-ass it, too. Whatever excuses you give to yourself are excuses they will take for themselves. And if you do any of these things, through your impact you will have made the world worse.

So take seriously the work that’s required to fulfill a dream. Be careful about who you tell. And when you have told, be careful to do that thing, or to do something just as awesome. Remember that you will not fail or succeed on your own – you are being watched. Give the audience some inspiration.

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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