I’ve been receiving newsletters for years, and especially within the last year, there has been some changes in the content. Everyone is kind of tuning into the same channel it seems. The newsletters I’m reading give away more free content these days, revealing a little more of themselves, and talking more openly and less pushy-sales-like than before. That’s a very good thing.
Good newsletters are the best. I receive a selected few, and even though the topics aren’t always current issues for me, mostly they are (check out my non-pushy-sales favorite http://zenhabits.net). I get so inspired by them, but my favorite activities are not in front of a computer.
Last week I received the regular newletters, and this time they made me sad. The topics were all screaming out of my screen BUY MY STUFF.
“How I made it through, – you should do the same”, “How I went from broke to millionaire”, “How I Really work, see how easy it is”…… I love my newsletters, but this time the outcome of reading them where the feelingas helplessness of being way behind. If I’m not a millionaire fast and within the first years, Im not a Real entrepreneur. Apparently every entrepreneur dreams about making a sh** load of money, and fullfilling that entrepreneurial ‘dream’ require the authors expensive courses. Maybe so, maybe not.
Feeling awkward sad and blue, I took a timeout and started my favorite thing in the world. My secret escape from reality, a little trip to the future. I’ve been daydreaming since I was able to think straight. The newsletter-nonsense about big business and income made me instantly start daydreaming of the peak of MY dreamcareer. Thinking about what I want more than money and fame, started the fire and the flies inside, and the mood got better right away. Why all those money anyway? Freedom, independence and a small car, is enough for me. I’ll settle for less.
Having a multi-billionaire company with tons of employees and a flagship office, is not my big dream. Hitting it big, making so much money you can whipe yourself with it, exhausts me. Should it happen I accidently, coincidently created something huge, a non-profit volunteer organisation would more likely be it.
I categorise my dreams into hopes and dreams for my life, for work and society. As far as dreaming big, my biggest dream is connecting people in the right unities, and offer beautiful experiences of being together. Socializing, authenticity and experience economy is very new age hippie, but I fully believe hooking up with our fellow brothers and sisters is the new black. For society as well as businesses.
Like many others I can’t pinpoint one dream like ‘I want to open up an ice cream store’ or ‘I want to work with wild animals in Africa’… I’m going for the feeling of everyday happiness and passion, more than the regular dream of money. Instead of big paychecks, im dreaming of purpose and fun at work. To work productively in a team of übercool colleagues, is my dream. In my daydreams I can already imagine numerous scenarios of me and my team working together, sharing the greatest, most innovative, funniest, wildest work-experiences while having a hilarious good time at ‘work’. Dreaming big is vision and mission for a greater cause. Money in my dreams is secondary.
And as far as the newsletters… They inspire me to get even more productive. One day I’ll be so fed up with all the good advice that I get the scary things done, that I know will fulfill my dreams. However I’m not ready yet, I still enjoy daydreaming so much, and timing is everything.
What’s the rush anyway!?