Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani teenager who survived an assassination attempt when she was 15 and won a Nobel Prize when she was 17. Her dream is that one day all girls will have access to education.
She’s a girl with two lives: one as a teenager who likes to joke, play with her siblings and worry about school, and one as an activist who has spoken before the UN and presidents and ministers around the world. Malala taught us an important lesson: we should never give up on our dreams.
As a child, the future looks like an endless horizon, a piece of modeling clay we just unpacked. But over time , we begin to bury our dreams under phrases like “What are you doing about it?” and “That’s life”. We forget the things we wanted to achieve until the horizon gets smaller and smaller and we just resign ourselves to what we have.
The time has come to put your dreams on paper, make a list of everything you still want to do, no matter how ambitious it is (like becoming an astronaut, becoming a singer, traveling the world, seeing your favorite singer live). Make a conscious decision about the direction in which you want to steer your life.
Reasons to dream
Having a dream is not just having an idea of what you would like to do; it’s much more than that. It means feeling what it smells like at the moment, thinking about the conversations you will have with the people around you, experiencing the feeling of making your dreams come true.
Having a dream is about creating a reality that you can see, touch, smell and feel every time you dream, even when you wake up. It involves creating a mental image that serves as the foundation of your hope and a safety net during the delicate moments when you need to balance yourself before moving forward.
To give you an extra boost, below we will show you some reasons why it is important to dream, which gives motivation to think carefully about your dreams.
People who dream achieve more
Dreaming means you have a goal and having a goal will motivate you to move forward, to challenge yourself to achieve something new every day. People who don’t dream limit their reality by building walls, which can prevent them from seeing the future as an opportunity.
Big dreams aren’t just for talented people. People often make their dreams come true just by trying and even if they fail a thousand times, they don’t give up. They have learned from all their mistakes and turned them into opportunities.
One of the most famous stories of perseverance is that of Thomas Edison, the inventor of the electric lamp. To make the ideal filament, he tried many different types of fibers until in 1880 he succeeded in making the first lamp that lasted 1500 hours. What stands out in Edison’s story? His perseverance and strong willpower.
Never underestimate the power of pleasure
Pleasure is a fundamental element of every dream. Dreams should be fun, make you laugh, make you passionate to achieve them. We spend so much time working, why not make it fun?
An interesting fact: there is an International Fun at Work Day, which is celebrated on April 1. The aim is to bring cheerfulness to the workplace and to show that it is possible to combine pleasure and work and that the employees perform their work better as a result.
Choose a goal that matters and not just one that is easy. If you have a big goal, you need to be sure that your investment is worth it.
Take the time to develop your dream. Even if it seems impossible or complicated, write it down. Give it meaning and integrate it with your life. Don’t talk about your dreams as if they were a single paragraph, but make them an important part of the story you write every day.