“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”
– Douglas H. Everett
I confess, I am a dreamer. I’ve always been a dreamer. I can remember sitting in my Physics high school class staring out the window, daydreaming about my future. I’ve never stopped dreaming. In fact, my life has been filled with dreams about what my life would be like one day.
Here my Dream List, which I started in 1977 and updated almost every year since then:
One day I will be one of the top tennis player’s in the country (in 1978 & 1979 I was ranked in the top 10 in boys 18 & under in the North East).
One day I will be able to afford braces to fix my teeth (1981).
One day I will be able to afford to go to college (Funded my College Education working as a Janitor 20 hours/week. I graduated college in 1983).
One day I will find a beautiful, perfect girl to build my life with (Married my Wife in 1986).
One day I will become a CPA (Passed the Exam in 1988).
One day I will run a half marathon (Did that three times: 1992, 2016 & 2017).
One day I will go to Graduate School (Went to Graduate School at night for three years and Graduated in 1992).
One day I will have my own company (1995).
One day I will find my purpose in life (I became a published author in 2010).
One day I will have children and I will pay for their college education (Was able to pay for most of my three kids college)
One day I will be a muscular 175 pounds (2015).
One day I will become a bestselling author (2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016).
One day I will visit Ireland (2013 and 2015).
One day I will visit Australia (2016).
One day I will golf at St. Andrew’s in Scotland (Still a Dream).
One day I will visit China and see the Great Wall (Still a Dream).
One day I will pursue my main purpose in life full-time (Still a Dream).
One day I will become a world-famous author (Work-in-Progress – Accomplished some of this so far. I’ve sold approximately 350,000 books in Australia, China, Europe, India, Poland, S. Korea, UAE/Saudi Arabia, U.S., & Vietnam).
One day I will be a successful speaker, getting paid to travel the world (Work-in-Progress – Accomplished some of this so far. Traveled to Australia, Canada, Ireland & Vietnam for International Speaking gigs).
One day I will be be a success, admired by millions for my accomplishments (Work-in-Progress).
One day I will be able to buy my wife a beautiful house down the Jersey shore (In June 2020 I bought my Wife a house down at the Jersey Shore).
One day I will be able to work anywhere I like (Work-in-Progress).
One day I will be able to vacation for a month every year (Work-in-Progress).
One day I will be like the self-made millionaires in my study. I will be debt-free and have more money than I can ever spend (Work-in-Progress).
One day I will run a non-profit dedicated to helping rescue others from poverty (In 2017 I became President of The Ashley Lauren Foundation – we help families struggling with pediatric cancer survive financially. But I still consider this a work in progress).
As you can see by the dates, I’ve achieved some of my One Day’s. Yet, at age 55 I am still dreaming.
Do you have a Dream List?
When you pursue your Dreams and begin to realize each one of them, it make’s life worth living.
Keep dreaming and never quit on your dreams.