DIFFERENTIATE PURE FAIRY TALES TO AMBITIOUS DREAMS
Here’s the definition of an ambitious (but doable) dream:
An ambitious (but doable) dream is something which you decide that you can achieve by doing things differently and better. “It’s really a mindset – you have to decide that you’d do something differently and better. You can’t just do things differently because the ways of doing are different. You have to decide – let’s think beyond the normal stuff.”
If you eventually decide that your dream’s worth a try – JUST DO IT – do something differently and (in some ways) more compelling than anyone around you (or better, anyone on earth) has ever done it. “Don’t be afraid of new arenas, you can get a book, you can learn something, experiment with your hands and make it happen or find a way or make a way to get something done.”
But please remember one very important thing: “You know – JUST DO IT – just showing up is half the battle. You gotta try hard and don’t be afraid of failure, BUT you also need to be rooted in reality. You gotta not be afraid to innovate but also don’t delude yourself into thinking something is working when it isn’t.”
I’ve always believed in God, but I’d never believed in human power until someone introduced Elon:
Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born, Canadian-American business magnate, engineer, inventor and investor. He is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors, and chairman of SolarCity. Net worth: 11.9 billion USD (2015) Forbes.
Once I read the first article about Elon and his companies, I couldn’t help myself but spent the next few weeks reading hundreds of articles and watched hundreds of videos of Elon and his companies. Lately, award-winning writer Ashlee Vance has written an excellent biography of Elon (Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future), in which contained one paragraph that pretty much summed up hundreds of videos and articles that I’ve watched and read:
I was touched by one number in this paragraph, 2008, it clicked right away. Here’s why:
It’s a very vague thing to me to say that you have to always (try your best to) balance risks, failure and reality. I, however, can give a good example of how to keep yourself focused in tough times, by telling my own story about the year 2008 (which was for me nothing less scary than that of Elon):
At the beginning of 2008, I was enrolled at a prestigious Law school in Australia and was then living in a city apartment owned by the university. I wasn’t a spoiled kid, I was doing well at school and lived quite frugally despite the luxurious housing (I was forced to live there because I was then underage). Life was great until the financial market collapsed one day (and my parents happened to invest in a lot of stocks).
My life turned upside down in a month. It was no fun, everyone was in pain. I (with the unbelievable support from my family) needed to make the hard choice the leave law school in Australia, return to Vietnam and enrol in another university. During such hard time of turbulence, I needed to make endless rational decisions to keep one crucial plan alive – university education – in order to gain much needed educational resources to achieve my ambitious (but doable) dreams later on.
How to always keep your mind clear (and make good long-term decisions)?
You sort of need to ZOOM OUT at the end of each day and look at the whole process. Stick to the most crucial short-term goals that (are most likely to) produce viable resources that sustain your long-term goals. There’s no time to worry about miseries – make decisions fast, move on and work hard!
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