Posted June 11, 2020 by Mark Perna
Congratulations, graduates! You’ve come so far—what an incredible accomplishment. As you embark on the next stage of your journey, I’d like to offer one piece of advice. It’s this: make time to build your own dream. Seems obvious, right? But let me explain.
In life, you do one of two things: you either build your dream—or you build someone else’s. You spend your time, energy, and passion chasing down what matters to you, or what matters to someone else. That’s it.
When you watch a movie, play a videogame, or consume anyone else’s creative work, you’re building their dream. That’s not necessarily bad—unless it becomes more important than making time to build your own dream.
Building other people’s dreams isn’t wrong. We all need downtime, we all enjoy entertainment and relaxation. But if you want to make a difference in the world, these things cannot be the sum total of what you do. You have to carve out time to pursue the things that matter to you.
How do you know if you’re building your dream or someone else’s? Ask yourself: Where am I spending my time? What am I investing in? Does it move me closer to my dream for my life? Or am I just filling time?
You just reached a huge milestone in life. Take time to celebrate that accomplishment and everything it means. Enjoy this unique and amazing time of your life.
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In the short term, it may feel like sacrifice to build your dream instead of enjoying someone else’s. Building your own dream is active; building someone else’s is usually passive. But keep that long-term goal in front of you, keep looking at the dream you’re building, and persevere. I promise you, it’s worth it.
Your dream can take you wherever you want in life. To make a positive difference for the causes you care about, to leave your mark on this planet, you need to chase down the dream that matters to you. And our world desperately needs the impact that only you can have. So get out there, invest your time wisely—and build your dream.