Dreams. That is something children are told they should follow. But also, something many adults believe is antithetical to duties and responsibilities. What if it didn’t have to be though? What if it has the capability to spice up our monotone lives with a bit of color?
Somewhere along the lines from childhood to adulthood, the word dream has been replaced by goals and ambition. But dreams are much more than that. They are what makes us different from others, what makes us feel the most alive, and makes us discover our innermost passions.
Everyone has a notion about what makes them unique. But can they list even two or three points about this? As a mother of two young adults who are ready to fly the nest, I’ve realized that most systems of formal education churn out people with the same skill sets.
What has the potential to make us truly unique and pursue our dreams wholeheartedly? I believe it is soft skills we’ve acquired throughout life. Soft skills are essentially personal attributes which enables us to interact harmoniously with others.
My passion for the power of intrapersonal skills, transactional analysis and emotional intelligence lead me to not only practice it on myself but also get certified in teaching them. I dared to dream, stayed committed to it, and now I am reclaiming my life’s missed opportunities.
It was not a smooth journey as I had to get over me fear of public speaking. I, however, found my calling as a result of this. I love training, consulting, and changing people’s lives. By empowering people with soft skills and enhancing their image, I can see them maximizing their impact wherever they go.
I think as adults we have all forgotten how to dream in this busy life. But only by daring to dream can we find our calling in life. And only by working on our soft skills can we enhance our values and strengths.
So, don’t be afraid to dream. Follow your dreams and differentiate yourself by acquiring soft skills and image management techniques to help you pursue that dream. This quote by Roald Dahl beautifully summarizes what I’m trying to say:
“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.” - Roald Dahl