Have you ever pondered the question, what happens to a dream deferred?
I think it’s a fantastic way to reflect on life and enter into the realms of both psychology and philosophy. Sometimes we just let dreams go by the wayside and forget all about them because life smacked us upside the head with reality. But is that a good enough reason to completely disregard a dream or a reason to defer it?
Recently, I was accepted into Drexel University’s MBA program and I was suppose to start this Fall (2016). Unfortunately, I was faced with a decision to either decline or defer my admission due to some unforeseen circumstances. It is a DREAM of mine to attend Drexel University, so it was only a matter of time that I would make it a reality; the choice was simple, I deferred my admission ONE year and I will begin my MBA program next Fall (2017).
But the question remains, what happens to a dream deferred? I am not 100% sure, but I will definitely KNOW for sure within ONE year. It is easy for me to say NOW that in ONE year exactly I will live out my dream, but what if another “unforeseen circumstance” happens again? Well, for starters, I would have to start ALL over again and go through the admissions process from scratch. I would then have to HOPE the university would accept me again.
The big issue here is that the University has a limited amount of people they can accept into each program. Why would they want to use a slot on someone who has declined their offer the first time? I cannot answer that, but I am sure the chances of that happening have decreased significantly.
That being said, I have plenty of time to get things in order to make certain my dream comes true! I have a plan in place and I am currently executing the plan. I am not so sure what happens to a dream deferred, but I AM sure I will do EVERYTHING in my power to make it a reality.
I guess the answer lies within the dreamer…
That’s right, it depends on the person whose dream it is. Are you a go-getter? Are you ambitious? How bad do you want it? Was it deferred for a valid reason? Or was it an excuse? Do you have the will power to defer something and come back for it? Is this simply procrastination? Will you allow a dream to slip through your fingers? How close were you to achieving it? What are you willing to sacrifice?
If you can answer those questions, I guess you can then answer ‘what happens to a dream deferred?”. As for me, I will post a blog this time next year with an answer to such a great question. I will say this, I did defer a dream once and came back to accomplish it…ask me about it when you see me!
I will conclude this post with the poem that popped to mind when I had to defer my admission into Drexel University.
What happens to a dream deferred?Does it dry uplike a raisin in the sun?Or fester like a sore—And then run?Does it stink like rotten meat?Or crust and sugar over—like a syrupy sweet?Maybe it just sagslike a heavy load.Or does it explode?
When I hear about someone’s “view” I immediately think of someone standing on a balcony of their hotel room, arms stretched (metaphorically hugging the sky) overlooking a beach town. I think about all of the things they could see and absorb into their memory. I think about the fresh air they are breathing in and the ocean aroma blazing their sense of smell. I think of the sounds of nearby traffic, restaurant music and ocean waves clashing onto shore. I guess you can say, this view was a symbolic feeling of freedom.
An interesting aspect is that their view is slightly different from every other person standing on their balcony in this hotel. They are residing in the same location, but depending on the room they are staying in, the views vary tremendously.
Some folks have a view of the courtyard, some have a view of another hotel, and some have a view of the parking lot. There are also differences in views which are determined by which floor you are staying in. Obviously, the higher the floor, the opportunity of having a much broader view increases dramatically; I mean, the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong has 118 floors! That stated, there are CLEAR differences in everyone’s views.
This is the EXACT reason WHY and HOW the Rotated Views Podcast came into creation. I always wanted to have my own podcast, but between timing and content, I was uncertain about the whole thing.
My buddy Gabe and I are both very much into the personal development/self-help arena. When we would have discussions, they normally resulted into philosophical and challenging conversations. We would joke about having these conversations recorded and shared with everyone. On the other hand, I would have similar conversations with my brothers and cousins; mostly over a cigar. To top this all off, I was on a weekly mastermind call with my friend Scott which ALSO led to profound conversations about life, entrepreneurship and success.
This went on for YEARS and finally last year my buddy Scott was taking on the project of beginning a podcast for himself, so I was able to see all the things that went into the process. I was busy with my spoken word album and book, The Motivation Files at the time, but knew one day I was going to create my very own podcast.
Well, 2016 was here and it was time to get this podcast rolling. After lengthy discussions with my buddy Gabe, my buddy Scott, my brothers and my cousin Manny, I decided to MAKE IT HAPPEN! I wanted to put together a podcast that had various perspectives on all aspects of life; hence the name Rotated Views. This would give a point of view from all levels of the “hotel” and ALL types of people could relate.
That is the shortened version of the development process of The Rotated Views Podcast. I will reveal the WHOLE story in a future podcast, so stay tuned for that! I just wanted to give you a little background of why I am so excited to FINALLY release this new project to the world. We have been working VERY HARD behind the scenes and faced some challenges. The important thing is that we OVERCAME adversity and manifested this dream.
We kicked the podcast launch off with Episode 1: Can’t We All Just Get Along? Here we touch upon the importance of understanding each other, bullying and how delicate relationships really are. We then published Episode 2: Are You Aware?!?! This episode touches the deeper meaning of life and really pulls out an interesting discussion of self-awareness. We followed the first two episodes up with Episode 3: You Have To Earn It. This third installment completes our launch of the podcast and dives RIGHT into karma, the law of attraction and earning your way through life.
All three episodes are currently available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and TuneIn Radio applications. Download and subscribe to the podcast. We would also appreciate it if you would take the time to rate it and leave us some feedback. Lastly, let us know what you think of each episode, send comments, questions, or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, thank you for all the LOVE & SUPPORT! We look forward to recording future podcasts and are excited to live out our dreams right before your eyes! What an amazing feeling to be doing something you LOVE!
Check out our Official Pre-Launch Video we produced for facebook, HERE
To Your Massive Success,
Jimmylee & The Crew!
There are SO many things that happen to us in life that make us smile. Whether it is a normal everyday event or something miraculous, life definitely knows how to keep things interesting. I believe it is ALL about perspective. How we view things will literally determine our overall experience here on earth.
We ALL know people that literally find the negative in EVERYTHING. No matter what the situation is, they are pointing out precisely what the problem is. What drives me absolutely crazy about this are the folks who never present a solution to the problem; they just enjoy pointing out the flaws. There is ONE thing I know about these people…they are NOT HAPPY!
There is something deep down inside that is making them miserable. The sad truth is, life will continue to “suck” for them, if they never see the glass half full. Like I mentioned before, it is ALL about how we view things. Have you ever seen one of those drawing or pictures that are optical illusions? Depending on what angle you are viewing the image determines what you see. That is basically the point I am trying to deliver when it comes to perspective.
That being said, there are false beliefs out there as to WHAT exactly makes people happy. True happiness comes from within. WE as people really decide what makes us happy, but there is an ideology out there that is literally ruining lives. It is the chase/attainment of physical things. The belief that materialistic things will make you happy. Now, before I get attacked by making this statement, let me explain.
Physical things can make you happy, but it is ONLY temporary. There is nothing “long-lasting” and enduring about material things. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with getting physical things and being happy about them, the point I am trying to make here is that, those feelings are only temporary. Once you get used to that new material object, you mind is already bored and thinking about the bigger and better model.
I discovered this truth on my own. I know people talk about it all the time, but I guess I had to learn the hard way for the lesson to really stick. I remember thinking, “if I could just make a certain amount of money, I will be happy”. Well, i’m sure you could imagine, that when I did finally hit that financial goal, I was happy for a solid month. After that, somehow, that money wasn’t enough and I stretched out my goal to a much higher figure.
We have to live in the moment and find happiness EVERY DAY, not every once in a while. This is the exact reason why material things will never cut it. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy new/fun things as much as the next man, but it NOT where we should be finding our happiness; it simply won’t last, and we are off seeking something bigger and better within a short period of time.
To be honest, I don’t want to drag this topic on, I just want to say that WE as people must find GENUINE happiness (for ourselves) and it is NOT found in material things. It can be found in relationships, career’s, events, spirituality, etc. I just want to enforce and hit on the notion that “physical” things are temporary and should be enjoyed, but not worshiped; this will NOT make you happy!
I hope this helps! Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Also, if there is a topic you wish to hear my opinion on, simply email me (email@example.com) or post it in the comment section.
To Your Massive Success,
“Motivating YOU to become the BEST version of yourself”
Are you into getting surprised? I am not much of a fan, but I will say, sometimes surprises have delighted me. Over the past 9 years, I have noticed something very interesting in attaining my goals. Something that I thought would be beneficial for you, if I shared.
When I was introduced to the Personal Development Industry back in 2006, I was hammered with all kinds of methods on goal setting and living the life of your dreams. They showed me how to put a dream board together and even go out “Dream building”. I was absolutely captivated by this new material.
It was exciting to know I could craft my life. But was fascinated me MOST, was that I could have BIG DREAMS and not feel weird about it. My parents always encouraged us to go after whatever it was we wanted in life. They created an atmosphere of being optimistic about the future. So when I was introduced to the personal development arena, DREAMING was the first thing that got my attention.
Fast-forward 9 years later and I have accomplished SO MANY of my goals/dreams it actually blows my mind! The funny thing about MOST of them is that they didn’t pan out EXACTLY how I had imagined! In fact, the majority of my dreams manifested even BETTER than I ever even thought they would!
A huge proponent to this is the persistent and consistent methods of dreaming I was doing. Some dreams took longer to unfold than others, but I still stuck with it and that is the message I wanted to share with you!
IF you simply just KEEP doing this, life will surprise you! KEEP DREAMING! No matter how things panned out for you in the past, you have to stick with your goals. I noticed that if I kept dreaming about accomplishing my goals, they eventually manifested in my life. Obviously, there was A LOT of action that took place, on my end, but I was persistent and consistent in the pursuit.
Throughout time, my dreams developed and changed into bigger and better ones. If they didn’t manifest in the time frame I thought they would, i just adjusted the goal and kept on dreaming! I believed in my dreams and STILL believe in my dreams, which is why I have accomplished so many of them.
It’s important we have BIG DREAMS that we actually believe in. This belief is the component that trigger’s manifestation.
If you simply stick with your DREAMS, life WILL surprise you…and I am sure you will be just as delighted as I was! Just stay with it and DREAM BIG!
I hope you found this helpful!
To YOUR Massive Success,
Ps. The Motivation Files (Album) will be released this FALL 2015. This project WILL help you to become the BEST version of yourself! Stay tuned!
This sounds like an OVER-THE-TOP promise at first glance, but it really is the simple truth. So often we cloud our minds with doubtful thoughts that prevent us from living the life of our dreams.
Think about that for a second…
We are the obstacle that is holding up our dream life! We get in our OWN way and talk ourselves out of things we didn’t even TRY! How crazy does this even sound!!! So many times I hear people say they want to live some extravagant lifestyle and get out of their job, but make NO effort to do anything about it!
Well, because they simply talk themselves RIGHT out of the very thing they want to do! Their belief in themselves is so LITTLE, they live an AVERAGE life dunked in mediocrity! How sad.
I want to tell you that you are a LIMITLESS being and your potential is infinite! ALL of the barriers you THINK you may have are virtually MADE UP in your own mind!
Think about ALL the things you talked yourself out of….
It will either get you angry or keep you tamed. listen, if living the life of your dreams was easy, EVERYONE would be doing it. The truth is, we have to EARN it. Most of the “earning” takes place in the mind.
For you to get over this MAJOR BARRIER you must FOLLOW YOUR HEART! I promise you will live a life without regrets! If you truly believed in your dreams, the mental game wouldn’t even be a problem.
Tap into what your true desires are in life. Make sure they REALLY tug at your heart. You can then clear your mind of doubt because you know DEEP DOWN, that this IS your calling!
Where there is a WILL there is a WAY! We are our BIGGEST barrier’s. If you can overcome this “battle of the mind”, THE WORLD IS YOURS!
So get up and FOLLOW YOUR HEART!
Listen to what it is saying to you! This is your GPS system that will guide you to your ultimate destination. You OWE it to yourself to fulfill your calling here on earth! It’s YOUR duty!
I hope these words encourage you to take action on your feelings and go after your dreams because DREAMS COME TRUE!
Let me know your progress or if you need help following your heart…I am more than willing to help you out! Simply shoot me an email or leave a comment below! Thanks for stopping by and reading, I really appreciate you!
To Your Massive Success,
With the NEW YEAR approaching…Do you have one of these?
In a recent post I put up titled Finish the Fourth Quarter Strong, I talked about goal setting.
Think about how great it would be to enter the top of the year with MASSIVE MOMENTUM!
I am a huge believer in not only setting goals,but writing them down. I think there is something to physically writing the words out on paper that is simply magical. This may or may not sound ridiculous to you depending who you are and if you had prior experience with this.
When we put things out there into the universe, and if they are grounded with a real belief…they always come into fruition. We manifest our lives with the words that exit our mouth.
So why write goals down?
To add another sense into the equation for a much more solid result.
What is even more powerful than writing goals down is seeing them with your eyes.
How do we do that? A dream board or vision board.
This powerful tool not only gives clarity to your goals, it gives life to your words…it’s a visual!
So I ask, do you have one of these?
It’s simply a board with pictures of the things you wish to accomplish in life that hangs on a wall/door that you will see daily. This will be a constant reminder to you and force you to imagine you HAVING those things in your possession.
If you need help creating one or getting started with this process you can go HERE for more information.
IMPORTANT! Having a vision board does NOT replace you writing your goals down. This tool is to be used in addition to other methods used.
The trick here is to get as many senses firing at the same time to REALLY build your belief system for the actual manifestation of your goals/dreams.
And the question remains…Do you have one of these?
If not, I highly recommend giving it a shot! Have fun with it! DREAM BIG!
What if I told you there is an actual method you can apply (TODAY) to solve ANY problem you may be facing? Well, there is!
I was skimming through the classic book, “The Power of Positive Thinking“, by Norman Vincent Peale looking for a specific chapter and I fingered passed this simple method to solve any problem.
This method is actually simple and anyone can apply it RIGHT NOW to help them out solve issues.
So here it is:
1. Believe that for every problem there is a solution
2. Keep Calm. Tension blocks the flow of thought power.
3. Don’t try to force an answer. Keep your mind relaxed…
4. Assemble ALL facts
5. List these facts on paper. This clarifies your thinking…
6. Pray about your problem…
7. Believe in and seek God’s guidance…
8. Trust in the faculty of insight and intuition
9. Go to Church and let your subconscious mind work on the problem as you attune to the mood of worship.
10. If you follow these steps faithfully, then the answer that develops in your mind, or comes to pass, is the right answer to your problem.
So in 10 EASY steps, you can solve ANY problem.
If you can practice these steps regularly, your personal development journey will go a lot further than expected as you are becoming a skilled problem solver.
As mentioned before, my goal is to help other people become the best versions of themselves.
Let me know what you think about How To Solve ANY Problem in the comment section!
To YOUR Massive Success,
Work with me Directly!
What will you leave when you leave? Sounds like a funky question, huh? Well, the point is, we cannot take anything with us when we depart from the physical world. However, what we LEAVE can have an impact on the world. It’s up to you to decide what kind of legacy/empire you will leave behind. I wish you the absolute best in attaining everything you ever want in life. Take action NOW so you won’t have to regret NEVER doing anything about your dreams. This post here…this one you are reading right now…is a reminder to YOU to keep believing, dreaming and achieving!
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