Do You Have The Courage to Follow Your Dreams?

Robin Jay shares how, although you have to be brave, following your passion is worth it.

I love to see people discover their passion so they can enjoy living fuller, empowered lives. I believe you will find your passion when you gather the courage to do something different.

If what you are doing today does not thrill you, if you don’t spring out of bed looking forward to what each new day will hold, you owe it to yourself to make changes. Dare yourself to take action toward pursuing your true purpose.

When I resigned after nearly 20 years in advertising sales to pursue my passion for writing, friends said how “brave” I was. I had to disagree. To me, soldiers under fire are brave. I wasn’t exactly risking my life; I was merely risking my lifestyle, and that only took a bit of courage.

I was unhappy to the point of becoming physically ill. I saw more risk in staying where I was than in making a drastic career change. We have an obligation to ourselves and our bodies to be happy. If not, as I discovered, they will malfunction in an effort to get our attention.

Having the courage to take risks is exhilarating. By taking risks, I don’t mean jumping out of an airplane. I’m talking about risking it all … everything you know and everything you have been … for the chance to reinvent yourself and see who you can become.

I think that, for most people, moving forward in the hot pursuit of something new, exciting and purposeful will expose them to incredible new worlds. Many people find their passion while busy doing something else. So it’s important that we move forward.

If you need to muster the courage to make a change, try this exercise: Ask yourself, “If everything goes wrong, what’s the worst case scenario and what would it take for me to get back to where I was?” Many successful people believe in “burning their ships” as a means of eliminating any thought of retreat….Continue reading at

Robin is an award-winning filmmaker, author, and motivational speaker.

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Eternal Gardener
Eternal G4 years ago

Think we're doing okay!

Karen H.
Karen H4 years ago

While I was working, I thought of a dozen businesses I’d like to start—plus books I wanted to write. But I needed that steady paycheck. One day my job went away. As “sanity maintenance” while applying for jobs and going on interviews, I sanded cigar boxes and learned woodburning. It started as a hobby and is now a business.
My roommate and I started writing a science fiction series. Three books are now available on and we’re getting the fourth ready for publication.
I had the dreams, but didn’t do squat with them because (like GGma Sheila D) I kept thinking of all the obstacles. Now I see that I could’ve done both while still holding down a full-time job (just adjusting my schedule a bit). I LOVE what I’m doing.
Don’t give up on your dreams! If there’s something you’d really like to do, figure out if you can juggle your schedule and do it. It could lead to a business that provides all you need—without the hassle and headaches of working for somebody else.

Franck Rio
Past Member 4 years ago

yes I Do

Bob P.

sure thanks

Nichola Mac Donough
Nichola Mac D4 years ago

excellent article, and so true; so many people are stuck in jobs which they hate which in turn has a detrimental effect on their health. It takes true courage to make a change; but this fear can turn into exhileration. I went back to college at the ripe old age of 43 to 'up-skill'. Although it's bloody tough it!! And the way I see it, I have one more year of college, then at least 20yrs in a job I'm going to love :)

GGma Sheila D.
GGmaSheila D4 years ago

A bit idealistic for me. When you have a family to take care of it's selfish to quit a regular job to "follow your dreams". First, you need enough money to take care of yourself and your family for however long it will take you to get established in your new dream - that includes house & car pymts, food, utilities, school needs for kids, regular and unexpected medical bills,. Of course, you have to have enough for car maintenence, house upkeep, kinda get the idea here????

Sorry to be a buzz killer here but you also HAVE to be realistic in following your dream.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson4 years ago


Pattie R.
Pattie R4 years ago

Great article. Reminded me that the change I'm in the process of making is courageous and yet, ill survive. Thank you.

Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Everyone should do