Good morning Believe Nation. Today’s message is, follow your dreams. Over to you, Chris Tucker.
♫ I wake up every morning ♫ Entspresso keep me going ♫ I wake up every morning
All that stuff I was just dreaming about, this is the possibilities that can happen if I move to California, or if you know. Because I was working really hard here. A lot of comedians come down from LA and say, “Man, you need to go to California, ’cause you pretty good.”
“The power of believing and dreaming is real.” – Chris Tucker
I was getting a lot of good advice, and a lot of people who was really rooting for me. Yeah, I just went and did it, but I had a dream and that dream gave me confidence to keep going. The power of believing and dreaming is real.
Because that’s all I did, was dream and believe that these things could happen, and it make me feel good. And that was my, that’s true wealth. If you believe, and you’re doing something. You have a goal, you have a dream to get somewhere. It makes you feel good.
Evan: This is something I think is really, really, really important for especially entrepreneurs to understand. In order for you to go out and accomplish your dreams, you’re going to have to do some things that will scare you. You’re going to have to push outside your comfort zone. You’re going to be put in pressure situations that you’ve never been in before and you’re going to want to shrink back.
You’re going to want to go down. You’re going to want to retreat inside and say, “No.” To say, “I’m not ready, I’m not worthy. “I can’t do that. That’s not me. “I didn’t go to school for that. “I don’t know how to do that. “I’ve been told all my life that I’m not able, “I’m not capable. I don’t have the education.” On and on and on and on. You’ll find every logical reason in the world why you can’t go out and do that big thing. You’re going to come across multiple forks in the road along your journey, multiple milestones. And you’re going to want to shrink down.
“In order for you to go out and accomplish your dreams, you’re going to have to do some things that will scare you.” – Evan Carmichael
And the thing that gives you the courage to keep going, to push through, to do that scary thing, is your dream. The thing that allows you to push through all that craziness, all that pain, awkwardness, uncomfortableness, is the big picture. Is what you want to go out and accomplish. And that’s why it’s so important that you have a dream that really means something to you. I look at what I’ve done with my YouTube channel and helping entrepreneurs. And I used to self sabotage, a lot. I used to get speaking opportunities and give myself a reason that I can’t go out and do that.
And I would say, “Oh, you know my schedule’s really busy.” Come up with some excuse, when really I was just too afraid to do it. I was too afraid to be on stage and have thousands of people in the audience. And have it on national television. And have important people in the room. I was too afraid. And I would secretly hope that people would cancel on me constantly.
“The thing that gives you the courage to keep going, to push through, to do that scary thing, is your dream.” – Evan Carmichael
And it’s the dream of what I want to do. It’s the mission of helping a billion entrepreneurs. It allows me to do the things that I’m scared to do. It gives me the courage to push through the pain, and the fear, and the uncomfortableness, to try. If you want to do something big, if you want to have an impact, if you want to touch a lot of people’s lives, you can’t do it being the person that you are right now. You’re going to have to grow.
You’re going to have to build muscles that you didn’t know existed before. You’re going to have to test yourself. It’s going to happen. There will be so many times along your journey that you will be tested. And you will need to summon the courage inside of yourself to push through. And it comes from having that big, bold dream that you want to go and make a big, important difference in the world. And so the next time you’re faced with one of those uncomfortable challenges, when you’re being called to the task, I hope you’ll say yes. I hope you’ll follow your dream, and not cow down.
“If you want to do something big, if you want to have an impact, if you want to touch a lot of people’s lives, you can’t do it being the person that you are right now. You’re going to have to grow.” – Evan Carmichael
So the question of the day today is What was the hardest thing you’ve had to do to stay on path with your dream?
What’s the biggest challenge, the biggest obstacle you’ve had to face so far, and how have your dreams helped you conquer it?
I’m curious to find out, and I think it can also serve as motivation for other people watching. Please leave it down in the comments below I’m going to join in the discussion. I also want to give a quick shout out to Tamyra Campbell, from Tam Cam Photo.
Thank you so much for picking up 10 copies of my book. It really, really, really means a lot to me, and I appreciate it. So, thank you guys again for watching. I believe in you, I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is. Much love, and I’ll see you again tomorrow morning for another shot of Entspresso.
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Evan: So as a special bonus for you guys to keep the energy high on following your dreams, I’m going to share a couple extra clips that I hope you’ll enjoy.
It’s one of my favorite quotes. I came up with it, with my uncle I had a uncle named Uncle Shrimp
Uncle Shrimp, he was a short kind of guy. Lost his hair at like the age of 20, so he was bald-headed. And he was just so charismatic. And he told me this after I injured myself and I realized that I wasn’t going to be a football player. And he told me to never lose sight of your dreams. But he also told me this, as who I was. He knew that now was going to be a turning point. Either I could return to the streets, and follow in the footsteps of my father, or I could dream the impossible dream.
“Don’t be afraid to close your eyes and dream, but then you have to open your eyes and see the reality of what it’s going to take for you to achieve that dream.” – Sean Combs
He also wanted me to notice, as an African American man because, you know, that fear of having a dream, and that fear of, “Oh I can’t dream that. “I’ll never be able to do that.” It was important to note that, yes you can have that dream but you have to know, honestly, what it’s going to take for you to achieve that dream. So then I came up with the quote and it goes for everybody, all genders, all races.
Don’t be afraid to close your eyes and dream, but then you have to open your eyes and see the reality of what it’s going to take for you to achieve that dream. And a lot of people, they kind of see whether it’s musicians, or athletes, or entertainers or even just successful people. But they don’t understand the thing that it takes for them to get to the point that they’ve gotten. And that’s why it’s a very important quote to me, and I think it has inspired people. And it inspires me every day.
Interviewer: Was playing the guitar your real dream? Your childhood dream?
I tell you, a funny dream, kind of. Because when I was about 11 years old, I was in, I think seventh grade. From grade one to six you’re in this one school and then you go to this new school. And I went to this new school, and there was this girl.
This girl named Sandy. She was so beautiful. Big blue eyes, and this perfect heart-shaped face. And she was so, I was instantly in love with this chick. So the first day, I asked her like, “You want to go steady with me?” She was like, “Okay.” And so every day I’d meet her at her locker, and we’d kiss at the locker and then she’d get on her bus and I’d get on my bus and we’d go home and talk on the phone all night.
And after seven days, she said, “You know, “I’m new here, and I just don’t want to get tied down.” 11 years old “I don’t want to get tied into a relationship.” It absolutely broke my heart. I was heartbroken. And that night, I had a dream that I was in a arena full of people and I was playing guitar, and it was this packed arena and they’re all going, “Yeah!” And I’m playing, and I look down and she’s staring at me and she’s crying like. That’s true, and that–
Yeah My rock and roll revenge
Host: We all–
You could have been my girlfriend.
Interviewer: We all have this dream, but we just don’t end up in the Foo Fighters, that’s the problem.
Dreams come true.
It’s hard changing your life. It was hard when just over three years ago in the Penobscot Building in Detroit, Michigan, where I was operating my business and I fell on some hard times and I was sleeping in my office. It was hard coming into the lobby, and the security says, “Excuse me, Mr. Brown. “Can we see you for a moment?” And I said, “Yes,” and I walked up to the counter and he gave me an envelope, and he said, “Would you mind reading it here?” And I opened the envelope, and the envelope was from management that said, “This is an office tower. “It’s not a hotel. Please do not sleep in your office.” And I said, “Excuse me sir,” I said, “I just work long hours “in creating my business. I’m an entrepreneur. “And right now things are bad for me. “But they’re not going to be this way always.” And I just asked for the opportunity to continue to operate like I’m doing. I’m not trying to make this my home. And it was hard coming through the lobby. And sometimes they would laugh, there’s the guy talking about becoming successful and look at him, he’s bathing in the bathroom upstairs.
“Don’t stop running towards your dream.” – Les Brown
On the 21st floor, he sleeps on the floor. Him and two other dreamers up there, look at him. It was hard, ladies and gentlemen, coming to speak to people and I was facing financial difficulties in my own life. I was behind on my bills and my dreams, and I’m saying to them, “You can live your dream.” It was hard, ladies and gentlemen. It was very difficult to pick myself up each day believing that I could do it.
There were times that I doubted myself. I said, “God, why is this happening to me?” I’m just trying to take care of my children and my mother. I’m not trying to steal or rob from anybody. Why did this have to happen to me? It was very hard, and here’s what I want to say to you, for those of you that have experienced some hardships, don’t give up on your dream. No one could have convinced me by holding on, by continuing to push forward, by continuing to run toward my dream, that one day I would have my own talk show. It’s a long shot, ladies and gentlemen.
“Don’t give up on your dream” – Les Brown
From Liberty City, in an abandoned building, on a floor, never knowing my mother or father, it’s a long shot. Being here with you today in this dome, in Atlanta, it’s a long shot. No college training, labeled educable mentally retarded. But I kept running toward my dream. (cheering from crowd) Don’t stop. (cheering) Don’t stop. Don’t stop running towards your dream.
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