curated from Forbes
Dreaming is oftentimes given a bad rep — it’s an act that either takes up too much time or invokes too little action. Part of the bad reputation comes from the notion that dreams never lead to action, as an entrepreneur, I can say with confidence that I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for the moments I claimed as my time to dream.
The time I gave myself to dream was synonymous with the time that I didn’t judge my ideas and just let the creativity happen.
Be intentional about dreaming.
“As long as you are meeting your personal goals, don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. It’s not a race, and no one else’s career path or goals should determine the timeline of yours,” says Vazquez.
Don’t limit your dreams.
“I’m currently trying to figure this out myself, but so far, I think it’s a good thing in general to surround yourself with people who inspire you. It doesn’t have to be in person, either,” advises Vazquez.
Seek out a mentor or role model.
“There are many people I have learned valuable lessons from over many years. If a relationship with a mentor should organically form, I think it’s a great thing to have.”
Don’t let it stop you if your dream role isn’t filled by someone who looks like you.
“For so long I didn’t think I could ever do a certain type of job because no one looked like me in that job and that’s such a shame. It’s logical because a lot of [people of color] think, ‘Why would I ever make it if someone who looks like me or comes from where I come from is not already doing it.’ But that’s because it has to be you,” said Vazquez.
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