Build the Future. | The Future is Solid.
A little more than 3 years ago, I was very unhappy with my life.
I was stuck in my parents house and was struggling to get that first job out of school.
My mindset was weak. I had a lot of self-doubt and I questioned myself.
But my biggest mistake was regret. In between working odd jobs and applying for new ones, I constantly beat myself up over the past.
“I should have been a Finance major.”
“If I had studied Engineering, I would have a real job by now.”
“Yup. I’m back home on Long Island rotting with all the other losers I went to high school with.”
“I shouldn’t have partied so much in school.”
“I should have been hustling my ass off and reaching out to alums for career help.”
That’s what I did during the day. The night was a different story.
The future is solid. Build the future.
You want to know what I did at night? I dreamed.
My dream wasn’t big but it was solid. It was so solid that I could hold it in my hand.
That’s as real as it gets.
I’m in a White Ford Explorer hauling ass out West. I’m on my way to Las Vegas but I’m not quite there yet.
I see myself in the middle of Utah. My eye is on the prize, the road ahead.
But I can’t help but look out the side of my window and admire the jaw dropping scenery.
“Save Me” by My Darkest Days is blasting on the stereo.
I’ll be in Vegas soon.
At the time, I wanted to move to Vegas more than anything. After spending some time there that summer, that was the place for me. (Was it?)
I dreamed this scene in my head every night.
It didn’t happen right away because I moved to Austin first.
But not even a year and a half later I was doing it. I left Long Island and drove out west.
My dream became a reality.
And when I was in the middle of Utah racing through the desert, can you guess what song I played?
Everything I had dreamed about (down to the last detail came true) a little less than a year and a half after dreaming it.
Fast forward to this time last year. I wanted out of Vegas and I started dreaming again.
My dreams were as detailed as can be. Sevens months ago these dreams started to take form and now they are my reality, down to every last detail.
These days all I think about is the future.
The future is bigger and brighter than ever.
It’s more solid than it’s ever been. It’s so solid than I literally hold it in my hand every day.
There is no time to think about the past when all you do is work and dream big for the future.
That’s the true secret to getting over the pain of years’ past.
This is how you make your dreams a reality (build the future).
1. Realize that the future is not some far out, abstract concept. It’s a solid thing. It’s as solid as something you can hold in your hand because you can hold it in your hand.
2. Visualize the future you want for yourself. Make it as detailed and descriptive as possible.
3. Make all the high probability moves that bring you closer to that future. In other words, you can build the future.
4. Get there and smile.
5. Repeat the process. Dream something else and build something else.