Fear Disguised As Practicality

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Jim Carrey gave a humorous, touching, and unbelievably inspirational commencement speech to the Maharishi University of Management's graduating class of 2014 about two weeks ago. There’s a one minute video clip of the speech that’s gone viral. And there’s a good reason why. Watch and listen.


“So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality.” – Jim Carrey

Too often in my short time on this planet, I’ve seen many people get a safe job or a job that seems practical to them, their family, and friends because they’re afraid of reaching for their dreams. They’re afraid people might call them crazy for dreaming for what the world may call “unattainable”. They fear their dream is far-fetched, impractical, or unsafe.

What if your dream isn’t far-fetched? What if it is practical? So what if you fail at it? All that means is you should try again. If your dream is extremely important to you, don’t give up. People fail. It’s the reality of life. But the most successful people are those who pick themselves back up and try again.

“You can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love." – Jim Carrey

Would you rather live a life working for someone else’s dreams (the ‘ole 9-5) or would you rather work towards your own dreams and goals? Wouldn’t you rather live a fulfilling life doing what you love?

I challenge you, today, to search in your heart what is truly most important to you. Then pursue that with all you have.

What are some fears you have concerning your dreams? What successes have you experienced in reaching your dreams? Share with me in the comments below!

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