Jul 13

The habit of dreaming

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This is a reprint of an e-mail written by Kavit Haria to his community of Daily Tip subscribers.
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By the time I was 4 years old, I had already been on
16 plane journeys and I began to dream that I could
fly an aircraft when I grew older.

Age 10, I wanted to trade timber like my dad.

Age 15, I took part volunteering at an eye camp and
wanted to be an ophthalmologist.

In 2001, completely addicted to C.S.I. and watching
at least two episodes a day, I dreamt of being a
forensic scientist on the field.

In 2003, I dreamt of starting a company that did
genetic testing and told you your future. (seriously!)

Then, a year later, I had my greatest dream yet: freedom.

I dreamt of a life where I could do anything I wanted,
at my own pace, without challenges and restrictions.

And then I fell on the most attractive proposition ever:

Build a product that has little to no cost and sell it over
and over, pocketing 95-100% of the sale.

So I began dabbling with writing and publishing e-books
and started making sale after sale.

This habit of dreaming is something we all have when
we are kids. Which may have been encouraged by our
parents, teachers and environment.

Yet, for unfortunate reasons, most people tend to lose
this habit as they get older, giving into societal pressures,
living a conventional life not on their terms but on
someone else’s (parents, spouse, boss, etc).

The habit of dreaming keeps you alive. It keeps life
exciting and keeps you on the edge of your seat, striving
for the life you actually desire.

You become the painter – not someone else.
You’re the director – not someone else.
You’re the captain – not someone else.

Can you step up to your role?

For this to happen, your dream must compel you to move.

If it doesn’t, you just don’t want it enough.

When I began dreaming of this freedom, I committed
myself whole-heartedly to doing whatever it takes.

The dream of becoming a pilot, ophthalmologist, trader, or
forensic scientist was never really intense enough to move me.

Experiencing freedom, however, brought so much
excitement to me – and being able to do so using the Kindle
with e-book publishing and other methods online – keeps me
on the edge of my seat.

I feel joy waking up each day to do a few hours work when
needed and then get onto other things I’ve planned in the day.

What is your dream?

You must think it, you must condition this habit.

Because if what you ultimately seek is freedom, the habit
of dreaming is where it always begins.

The future isn’t a place we’re going; it’s a place we’re creating.

If your dream is intense, you’ll take action. There’s no
way you can stop even if you tried.

That is the magic.

And it’s in your hands.

Your friend,

Kavit Haria

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