Dream Builder: Yours or Theirs?


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Pure Barre (@Pure_Barre). “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” – Farrah Gray. 4 March 2015, 5:00 p.m. Tweet.

I’ve lived the above quote, and I still do. In fact, I think we all have been in a situation where we helped others make their dreams come true while ours faltered.

Here’s my story regarding the situation:

When I was working as a freelance web copywriter, all of my time went strictly to client work. I had no time whatsoever to develop a story, much less a character.

No fictional ideas even entered my mind.

My creative style was drying up, and so was my dream, so it seemed. I felt like I was in a hole that got deeper with each passing day. It seemed so deep that I often wondered could I get out of it.

I worked around the clock practically every day. I stayed stressed throughout the day. I was one frustrated, miserable woman.

I hated writing. Anyone who knows me knows my joy for writing. I was recently told that I speak passionately whenever I discuss my literary career.

That’s the thing, however: I wasn’t in my literary career. I was writing for clients. And although my clients were nice, I wasn’t fulfilled with the work I was doing.

I was building their dreams and not my own.

And then came January, 2014: the day I stopped building their dreams and began building my own.

When my biggest paying client no longer needed my services, I knew it was time to return to fiction. The industry had changed from the last time I was published; self-publishing was the new direction. It seemed that it too, like traditional publishing, had its challenges.

Nonetheless, I knew I was ready for the challenges ahead of me for one simple reason: God had anointed me.

He knew it was time to build my own dreams; to start the journey towards becoming the successful author He’s destined me to be.

I’m on that journey now. Is it easy? No. Like I stated earlier, self-publishing has its own set of challenges. However, I’m not giving up. I’m in the process of building my dream, and I much rather do that than quit and go back to copywriting – building others dreams.

We all have dreams. These dreams are meant to be fulfilled before we leave this world. So, my question to you is this: Are you building your dreams or neglecting it in order to help someone else build theirs?

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