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You have a few goals.

You want to write a book. You want a few thousand people to read it. Or hundred-thousand, depending on your ambition. Or, if it’s not too much to ask, a thousand-thousand. You want to make a living at this writing game.

So you start a blog. You build a platform. You write yourself dry everyday.

The leaves start to change. Summer turns to fall. Fall to winter, winter to spring, spring to infinity. Still, everyday, you type away at your blog and your book and your tweets. You write yourself dry to achieve those long-dreamed goals.

Here is the eternal fact of life: you won’t achieve your dreams.

And if you do, you will have new dreams to achieve.

On Wednesday, I met a famous actor. You have seen his films, and loved his characters, I promise you. He has achieved his dreams again and again. But still he dreams new ones. And still he wrings himself dry for them.

Life doesn’t play nice with dreamers. I have dreamed and I have achieved, but the next day I needed a new dream, a new achievement.

Life plays nice with those who wake up from their dreams from time to time and look around and say, “Wow, this is pretty great. I enjoy this.”

Life plays nice with those who enjoy life.

Today, stop dreaming. Today, wake up. Look around.

Tomorrow, you can work. Today, just enjoy it.

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting is an author and the founder of The Write Practice. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let's Write a Short Story! You can follow him on Instagram (@jhbunting).
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