What’s your dream job?
If you could do anything you wanted, what would it be?
What’s keeping you from fulfilling your dream job?
It’s seems all the rage to talk about day jobs and dream jobs.
It’s a great discussion and I’m so glad people are discovering passions, dreams, and purpose. I love the whole Quitter thing (read more about it here), the ‘chase your dream’ mantra, and working hard to achieve a goal.
But there’s something in the word ‘dream’ that might need clarification.
Dreamers vs Dream Doers
Being a creative myself, I have a lot of dreams and a lot of friends who are dreamers. Yet there seem to be two camps of creatives who long to see their dreams materialize into tangible realities.
Camp 1 – Dreamers Self-Talk:
- I’ll try to do it (read about the ‘I’ll try disease‘).
- I just can’t seem to get organized.
- I did that and it didn’t work.
- Fill in the blank with any excuse here .
Camp 2 – Dream Doer Self-Talk:
- I want to make my creativity sustainable for me and my family.
- I’m making that a reality by working at it 45 minutes in the morning before I head to my day job.
- Here is what I’ve done so far… (shows list)
- Here’s the mistakes I’ve made and how I’ve corrected them….(shows other list)
Passive vs Active
For some, the word ‘dream’ implies that it will never happen. That it’s a ghost, apparation, shadow or some other genere of ‘unattainable.’
This is dangerous.
Just as writers avoid passive voice verbs in favor of active voice verbs, dreamers who fail to convert their dreams into action remain passive–letting life happen to them.
That’s a victim’s life.
A life of excuses.
And oddly enough, it feels confortable to dreamers if we live there too long.
Connotation vs Denotative
Perhaps it’s time we redefine the word ‘dream’ as the connotation is blurry between creatives.
Here’s what the dictionary has to say about it…
dream |drēm| noun
- a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep: I had a recurrent dream about falling from great heights.
- [ in sing. ] a state of mind in which someone is or seems to be unaware of their immediate surroundings: he had been walking around in a dream all day.
- a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal: I fulfilled a childhood dream when I became champion | the girl of my dreams | [ as modifier ] : they’d found their dream home.
- an unrealistic or self-deluding fantasy: maybe he could get a job and earn some money—but he knew this was just a dream.
- a person or thing perceived as wonderful or perfect: her new man’s an absolute dream | it was a dream of a backhand | she’s a couturier’s dream.
Clearly, some of those definitions are positive, some are negative.
I’d like your help.
I’d like to come up with a new definition for the concept of being a creative an a dreamer.
Question: How would you define dreaming or being a dreamer? Let us know in the comments!
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