The Power of a Dream

This is a guest post from Mrs. Dough, my better half.

When DR started blogging, I suggested we do something with part of the income to help others in need. DR asked me what our goal should be. Frankly, I wasn’t sure why we needed a goal. Blog. Make money. Give some of it away. Seemed easy enough to me. Why does DR always want to make everything hard? So DR came up with a goal.

It was $10,000. Gulp. I began to wonder if he had lost his mind. We were no where close to making the kind of monthly income we would need to meet that goal. But after many years of marriage, I learned to pick my battles. This was not going to be one of them. Go ahead and blog DR, and let’s see what happens.

What happened was the blog took off. And every month we were getting closer to the monthly income needed and soon we were meeting the goal and then we were surpassing it. I could never have dreamed that.

Therein lies my problem. I am not a dreamer. DR is. Having a dream (or a goal) is pertinent to reaching great heights. DR put many hours of sweat into his blog to reach that goal. The sweat was frustration and time, and ok, maybe some complaining on my part. (“Are you still on that computer?”) DR knew where he wanted to go and worked hard at getting there.

You have to decide what you want and name it before you can attain it. What’s your dream? To be debt free? Save for a vacation? Finish a project? Enjoy some free time? Raise your children with values? Whatever it is, you won’t get there unless you are intentional about it. Proverbs tells us that without a dream, the people perish. So go ahead, dream a little bit.

Topics: Personal Finance

7 Responses to “The Power of a Dream”

  1. That’s pretty nice – it gives us others an excuse to keep dreaming too. If I could even reach a quarter of what you two are doing online, I’d be in heaven! Maybe it’s still possible, even though the blogosphere is so crowded now. Thanks for sharing this story!

  2. AMEN! 🙂 Dream it, plan it, live it. I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer and seem to catch some flack for it… I end up being told to be “realistic,” or that I’m too much of an idealist. Who knows, we’ll see what happens in the end. My dreams are also my goals, and I work towards my dreams just like I work towards any other goal. (Like my Ferrari dream, which spawned an investment account to save for one just over a year ago. There isn’t much in there, but it’s *something* to put towards my dream.)

    One of my favorite quotes is, “Nothing happens unless first a dream.” For my birthday last year, my Mom bought me an iPod Touch with this quote etched into the back. It’s a constant reminder that I’ll never be too old to dream, and that dreams are the first step in achieving anything.

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