I happened to bump into one of my schoolmates recently. It was after a long time. He had changed a lot. He happened to recognise me instantaneously but it took me a minute to recognise it was him.
I remember in class he was a shy back bencher who would almost pee in his pants if the teacher asked him any question. He was so shy that our class teacher had once called his parents and told them if he would be like this, there are high chances of him failing to be something in future.
I was astonished to see such a shy boy like him turned out to be a very confident, good looking and well-maintained adult. His dressing sense showed he was clearly doing well in his life. I was definitely happy for him but at the same time, I was curious to find out how did he manage to do so well. I was curious to know what led to that change in him.
So we exchanged numbers and decided to plan and meet for a coffee in a few days. A week went by and I did not call him or ask him to plan and meet, as I was thinking what if he felt awkward to answer. I didn’t want to look like those people who cry on others success.
All of a sudden, I received a call from him and he asked me if I was free to meet at a coffee shop near my place. I was glad that he called and thus relieved me from the pressure I was creating in my head.
So we met at the coffee shop, ordered coffee and began conversation with general talks. He asked me how I was doing, etc and in those general talks I took a chance and asked him about what he was up to and what he was doing in life?
He smiled and promptly responded, “I am a Motivational Speaker”
I looked at him in shock and burst into laughter in a few seconds. I could not believe when he said he was a motivational speaker. For a short while, I thought he was joking but he was actually being serious. He showed me his business card and then came a series of questions in my mind.
I asked him “What led to the change? How did you do it?
He just said “I always dreamt of it. I always wanted to be a motivational speaker”
“Tell me more about it,” I asked
He said because he was so shy he wanted to change his life 180 Degrees. While in college he began taking baby steps towards his aim and started moving ahead. Those baby steps made him come so much ahead in life that he was hired by one of the top firms in India.
He added saying when he initially started taking the steps towards what he dreamt, he panicked and thought of quitting quite a few times. But because he had his dream in his mind and wanted to live it, he dealt with every obstacle and there he was confident, Successful and good looking, well maintained man who was living the life he always dreamed of.
When I was returning from the coffee shop, his words were repeating in my head. I was contemplating about so many dreams I had, that I put aside to chase other dreams that meant nothing to me.
One take away I want you to take from this is to follow your dreams, even if it is the silliest, it is still your dream, live to fulfill it. Don’t wait til you realize in future that you did not do it. Accept your dreams and find how you can live it. You may fear failure but acknowledge that. You are fearing because the dream is so dear to you. Do let any stone unturned and when you achieve that dream, Dream more. 🙂