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66 Online Authorities Dare to Reveal Their Greatest Dreams

Dear Blog,

Buddy! I’m so sorry to say it but I almost relapsed. After finding out what 48 of my favorite people’s most “unrealistic” accomplishments were, I knew that I was totally on the right track. It was reassuring to realize that I’m not the only freakshow feeling like he has to actualize his potential in life. As we’ve previously spoken about,

I’m looking to inspire 8 million people!

Bad-ass? Maybe. On purpose? 4sho! When it comes to a concept like this, some people seem like they have bananas stuck in their tailpipes. I can’t let that be me. Boy are bananas healthy, but they belong blended in my green drinks, not bashed into the backside of my vehicle.

After publicly making this audacious announcement and daringly declaring that this is my path, some people started to suspect that a timely trip to the insane asylum would be most beneficial to me.

But before they could bombard me, I pulled up the emergency brake and busted out my plan entailing the easy way to inspire 8,000,000 people. This is a dream that belongs to me, and simply put, I’m not willing to let some clogged up stuffy sedan-driving dorks stop or staunch my passion.

It’s funny how fast time travels. This week is the one year anniversary of me breaking outta the conformist cubicle culture that had held me captive. A year ago, a concept like this seemed unfathomably far-fetched. There was a series of quality questions that I asked myself to get to this point, but the one that brought me to the 8 million people idea was this:

What one great thing would you dare to dream if you knew you couldn’t fail?

Last week I decided that it was time to talk to some more of my favorite peeps. I wanted to see what their thoughts on the question were. In some instances, I was shocked to see how they responded, and in others, I busted into big smiles.

In conclusion, I’m glad to report that there does appear to be a bad-ass bodacious group of great-minded people enjoying the pursuit of putting their stamp on the universe’s passport.

On purpose,

Jacob Sokol

 


Leo Babauta

Leo Babauta ··· Zen Habits

I’d love to give people freedom. Freedom from shopping and possessions and debt and the burden of stuff. Freedom from working for corporations so they can buy stuff from corporations. Freedom to live lightly and passionately and to focus on what truly matters: our happiness, creativity and relationships.


Jonathan Fields

Jonathan Fields ··· Tribal Author

Nothing. Because the win would be hollow. Knowing you cannot fail is the functional equivalent of having an outcome that is certain. Anything certain has already been done. So, certain outcomes translate to no risk and no growth. And the closer you round an outcome to certain, the less impact it has both on you and on those you seek to serve.

The real magic happens when you keep fear and uncertainty in the equation, but equip yourself with the skills, abilities, tools and mindset to lean into them and create something that’s never been created before.


Henrik Edberg

Henrik Edberg ··· The Positivity Blog

I’d like to build a really fast spaceship so I can visit other worlds in just a few hours. I hope something like that will be possible in my lifetime. Until then I will dream of expanding what I do now and be even more helpful to even more people, explore what is inside of me and the world outside of me by visiting many other parts of this world. And I’ll make that dream a reality.


Chris Guillebeau

Chris Guillebeau ··· The Art of Non-Conformity

The possibility of failure is integral to the pursuit of a big dream. If there is no possibility of failure, it’s not much of a dream. In my case, I hope to connect with and contribute to a community of remarkable people who love to dream big. Success or failure in dreaming is somewhat irrelevant.


Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene ··· Tiny Buddha

I don’t actually feel limited by fears when it comes to dreaming, though I do think dreaming requires some bravery. Once you visualize what you want, you have two choices: go for it, or acknowledge that you’re too scared to try.

The thing that I’ve been dreaming about lately is becoming bi-coastal so I can enjoy the life I’ve created in LA while reconnecting with the life and family I left behind in Boston. I know I won’t fail, and I feel certain I’ll make it happen by 2012!



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Danny Brown

Danny Brown  ··· Bonsai Interactive Marketing

My one biggest dream would be to gather all the religions together under a big umbrella of mutual respect and understanding. Religion (or the disagreement with) has been the single biggest reason for conflict and wars throughout the ages.

Imagine if we could allow everyone’s views to be respected and honorably disagreed with — the joint wisdom could truly move the human race forward, and the whole planet benefits.


David Garland

David Siteman Garland ··· Smarter Faster Cheaper

Here is a dream of mine. I want to host my own national TV talk show and bring a vision I have to life. The big idea? Continuing what I do now: Bringing on interesting, successful, unique and dynamic guests. The twist? Focus on their behind-the-scenes story and how they got to where they are today.


David Garland

Derek Sivers ··· CD Baby

The question is moot because it assumes a future tense – something I *would* do. But I read that question in a Tony Robbins book in 1988, and I’ve been living my answer ever since.


Arsene Hodali

Arsène Hodali ··· Dance Proof

I dream of a world devoid of shame. It’s an odd sort of dream. But, think about it: why do fishy corporations write in legalese? Why do national leaders have writers who write not to clarify, but to confuse? Why is so much writing in the world bland?

Because people are ashamed. Companies are ashamed of their illegal activities, and thus they use legalese to cover up their actions. National leaders are ashamed that they’re not doing as much as they possibly can, and thus they have ghost writers. And writers are conservative because they’re ashamed of being themselves, fearing that they don’t speak ‘educated’ enough or that their opinions matter. I dare to dream that I can decrease the shame in the world.


Everett Bogue

Everett Bogue ··· Far Beyond the Stars

I want to make it possible for bisexual polyamorous cyborgs to exist in this world without fear.

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Mars Dorian

Mars Dorian ··· Mars Dorian

I actually would create my own country — an awesome place with new rules and a kick-ass culture. Creativity would be the religion, and everyone would be encouraged to create and communicate. Everybody who shows passion and potential could join, and the multi-cultural setting and technology would take humanity to the NEXT level!

Why? Because today’s system is broken, and only a creative mind has the power to change that.


Celestine Chua

Celestine Chua ··· Personal Excellence Blog

Having an award-winning, international talk show on living our best life and achieving our highest potential that reaches out to billions of people around the world. It’s already a goal I’m currently working toward and the reason why I’m so psyched about it is that it lets me reach out to people globally in an even more personal way.

At the end of the day all my goals in life are an extension of my passion to help others grow and live their best lives, and doing this every day makes me happier than I thought I could ever be.


David Airey

David Airey ··· Logo Design Love

My dreams are simple — to treat people as I’d want them to treat me. Imagine if everyone had the same dream?


Mitch Joel

Mitch Joel ··· Twist Image

It’s not so much a question of being afraid to fail, but rather not knowing where to begin. For me, it’s as simple as fresh water, food and education for all. We live in a very wealthy world where each human life must be treated as an equal. Let’s get on that. Everything else is much less important.


Peter Shankman

Peter Shankman ··· Peter Shankman

Everything I ever dare to dream, I try. Knowing that the possibility of failure exists is what keeps pressing me forward. If I knew I couldn’t fail, whatever I was doing would probably lose some of the fun. I love what I do because the thrill of proving out my ideas and not failing is second to nothing else on the planet.

 

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Erika Napoletano

Erika Napoletano ··· Redhead Writing

Each day, I wake up and ask myself: what would you do today if you actually had the balls? Not unlike your question. Funny — the answer changes each and every day. Some days, I’d be an Olympic athlete. I’m very new to competitive cycling and each day I get my ass kicked by a 14-year-old, I wonder what it’s like to be truly exceptional. Other days, it’s as simple as getting through my checklist of tasks at hand.

We fail ourselves each day on so many levels that some days, it’s pretty damn awesome to achieve the ordinary! Days like that make me feel, more than anything, that anything is possible.


Karol Gajda

Karol Gajda ··· Ridiculously Extraordinary

This is a difficult question for me to answer because whenever I dream up something, I put the wheels in motion to make it happen. I’ve failed a ton of times and it sucks, but it doesn’t stop be from continuing on.

But if I could dream of something that wouldn’t fail, it would be to fly like a bird. I like being in the air, and while hang gliding might be the closest I’ve ever been to flying, I wouldn’t mind flapping my arms and lifting off.


Melissa GorzelanczykMelissa Gorzelanczyk ··· Peace and Projects

I dare to dream a selfish dream. Now that I quit my day job, I want a writing career that lets Mr. Right quit his day job so we can spend four months out of the year in Mexico. I want to wake up, write my novels and blog with a view. I want to feel the sweetness of doing nothing by the ocean.

Once we’re there, I want to buy plane tickets for all my friends and family to visit so I don’t get too homesick. They are the reason I stay in Wisconsin. I want enough money to bring them with me, to share incredible experiences in a different country, to taste a different way of living. Otherwise I would miss them more than the sea.


Shelly KramerShelly Kramer ··· V3 Integrated Marketing

I love children and the act of teaching and raising them to be strong, confident, independent beings. I often think about all the children in the world — heck, in the United States alone — who need homes and loving, and if I could dare to dream about being able to do more, I would open my arms and my home to as many of those children as I could, and try to make a difference in their lives.

The thought of a child growing up without love, hugs, guidance and direction, learning to be confident in themselves and their abilities and feeling as if they can do anything they dare to dream, is untenable. That’s what I would jump in with both feet and change, if I dared. And the ironic thing — the only thing keeping me from that — is the feeling that I’ve already got so much on my plate, I’m not sure I can handle any more.


Jason Mendelson

Jason Mendelson ··· Foundry Group

I’d go on tour with Steely Dan as their drummer and backup singer.  I’d do it because I’d really enjoy hearing the songs every night and would love the opportunity to sit back as the drummer and take the band on a “test drive.”


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Jenny LeonardJenny Leonard ··· Where Is Jenny?

I’ve already dared to take action on many of my dreams… but there are a few that are still outstanding. I’d love to be on the TV show Survivor (and win!) and author a book with a publisher. Survivor would be the ultimate test of what I’m made of physically and mentally, which is why I love skateboarding so much. My dad has always wanted to be an author, but he never took action on that dream, so I’m going to do it for him to show him what’s possible.

I’m accomplishing one dream at a time in order of importance as life goes on, but if I could do these today without fail… I’d jump on it.


Tyler Tervooren

Tyler Tervooren ··· Advanced Riskology

As a general rule, I try to keep that question in mind any time I set a goal. Of course, we’re all human, and I still hold myself back occasionally. One thing I dream of often is ending world hunger. It seems completely ridiculous to me that there is more than enough food on this planet to feed everyone here, but a bunch of it gets wasted and never makes it to where people need it the most.

For as simple a problem as it seems, it’s quite a lot more complex and many people before me have tried and failed to fix it. What’s important though, is that they tried and made progress, so that’s what I intend to do also.

Sean Ogle

Sean Ogle ··· Location 180

Man, there are so many ways to answer that question. I could go with the obvious: world peace, cure cancer etc. But rather I’m going to say this: I’d set up a business incubator on a giant yacht and travel around the world with my entrepreneur friends.

We’d build businesses that would change the way we perceive the idea of “business”. Friends, yacht, sweet ventures — now that’s a dream!


Corbett Barr

Corbett Barr ··· Think Traffic

Really, I can’t fail at this thing I attempt, no matter what? OK, in that case, I would have to either end all wars or cure world hunger. I’d just be an asshole if I wasted such an opportunity on anything else right? (No offense to anyone else answering this question.)


Joel Runyon

Joel Runyon ··· Blog of Impossible Things

The exact same stuff that I’m working on doing right now. I’ve got a lot of scary impossible stuff coming up: I’m running a marathon, a half-ironman, and starting a business in the next 12 months. If I focused on failure, I would be so paralyzed that I wouldn’t try anything at all. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work — I’ll adapt and move on. But fear (especially fear of failure) is a terrible mindset out of which to operate and one I try to avoid at all times.


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Srinivas Rao

Srinivas Rao ··· Skool of Life

For me the thing I’ve dared to dream for almost the last 2 years is taking a one year surf  trip around the world. Some people might see it and say what’s the point? Or they might say “Can’t you just live that at home?” The impact that the sport has had on my life over the last year has been profound. It’s transformed me as a person.

I think by exploring this on a global scale, possibilities I can’t even fathom today would start to emerge in my life. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m on a simple mission to be stoked for life.


Jonathan MeadJonathan Mead ··· Illuminated Mind

I would fly a plane. Or… I would get on stage and perform a song. It’s a tough choice between the two. Both terrify me. Which probably means I have an opportunity to grow there.


Chris Ducker

Chris Ducker ··· Virtual Business Lifestyle

I’d love to be able to set up a massive network of mobile libraries that would roll around the entire world helping unfortunate children learn how to read and write. They would visit poor areas, cities and towns that needed help the most.

I see a lot of poverty here in the Philippines, especially when I travel outside of the city areas, and it’s the children that always get to me. Some might say that I’m saying this just to look sincere, or whatever. But, I swear, if I had the ways and means to do it, I wouldn’t think twice about it for a minute!


Annabel Candy

Annabel Candy ··· Get In the Hot Spot

That’s such a tough question! I’d like to focus on helping children and women in countries like Zimbabwe, where I lived and worked for a year, and Kenya, where I’ve traveled. My dream is for everyone to have equal opportunities and those things we take for granted, like electricity, water, food, education and a stable home, which many people are denied.

First I’d like to raise awareness for the situation people are living in and personalize them as individuals so they’re not just a group of people in a far-off land, but mothers, sons and daughters who are struggling to survive and doing the best they can in hard conditions. I’d love it if every westerner could spend a few months experiencing life in those places so that they could really empathize and want to become actively engaged in making sure that all of us have the same opportunities in life.


Chris Garrett

Chris Garrett ··· Chris Garrett

The thing I dared to dream was to move my family from England to Canada, and we did it, so I guess I should set a more audacious dream.

If I had a magic wand then I would really like to create something like the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. How cool would it be to spend your days funding charitable projects and helping to cure diseases? I’m particularly fond of any causes around premature babies, children’s literacy and finding a cure for cancer.


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Ian Lurie

Ian Lurie ··· Portent Interactive

Be a hero to my kids. Not in a “rescue someone from a burning building” sense. Instead, solve a problem or impart a lesson that lets them grow up happy and feel like they deserve to be happy, and pass that along to their kids, and so on. I think a lot of the worst we see from the world these days stems from people who don’t feel they deserve it, and take it out on everyone else.


Dave Fleet

Dave Fleet ··· Dave Fleet

If I could achieve one thing for certain, I would end the use of child soldiers. Over the last few years I’ve read numerous horrifying books which touch on the subject, and I just finished Romeo Dallaire’s latest work — “They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children”

I challenge anyone to read much on the subject and not feel a deep desire to end this disgusting approach to warfare.


Niall Harbison

Niall Harbison ··· Simply Zesty

If there was one thing that I could dream of it would have to be that I could retire at 35 and forget about working for money for the rest of my life. I’ve always wanted to do that and I’d love to be able to go and set something cool up in Africa. I’m not talking about a charity but more of an entrepreneurial community that financed itself and helped people there who were struggling.

It’s a long way off and it would take some serious money not to have to work for the rest of your life, but there’s no harm in dreaming!


Adam Baker

Adam Baker ··· Man Vs. Debt

If I knew I couldn’t fail — and I knew I’d be able to financially support myself and my family for as long as we lived — I’d like to found and spend my time running a charity that searched out small “hometown” heroes of sorts and rewarded them deeply.

I’d love to leverage social media to shed a light on people who dedicate their lives to causes, but don’t get a lot of attention for it.


Charlie Gilkey

Charlie Gilkey ··· Productive Flourishing

That we could live in a world where we provided a humane floor for each other. So many talented, creative, and passionate people won’t contribute their best gifts precisely because they’re scared they won’t be able to put food on the table, and, whether we like to admit or not, our world is far from a meritocracy.

I think if people didn’t feel like they could lose everything, they might be more prone to try something.


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Josh Roa

Josh Roa ··· 80 Day Millionaire

I’d be quite interested in time and space travel, with an undo feature. Seems there are just so many people who’ve indirectly affected my life for the better and I’d like the chance to thank them or learn more from them directly. From Henry Ford to Thomas Edison to Jim Rohn, I’d love to observe the greats and maybe even be a part of their lives. I’d also like to check out the David & Goliath fight too — that’d be cool.

This would probably require I live longer than normal so I’d like the option for that too. A guy can dream, right..?


Eliot Burdett

Eliot Burdett ··· Peak Sales Recruiting

I know the things I dream are possible and I don’t believe there is such a thing as failure, so I’ll share the path I am on. I am spending the rest of my days venturing and adventuring with wife and kids, all the while sharing my own lessons learned and helping others realize their own dreams and goals.

Oh yes, and if I could learn to fly like a bird, that would be cool too.


Gianpaolo Pietri

Gianpaolo Pietri ··· Simply Optimal

That’s easy. I only have one dream: to love.  I want to love simply, deliberately, with abandon, and with courage. Why, you ask? Well, the answer to that is quite simple as well. Because only love is real.

When you love what you do, who you are, and you’re with, everything else falls into place. It’s a dream that I have no intentions of failing at.


Eric LaForest

Eric LaForest ··· Elevated Simplicity

Always being one hell of an awesome dad! I want to have all the answers to the questions, be the hand up whenever he falls and show him everything this world has to offer. Now, being a perfect dad is just a pipe dream, but I work to be the closest thing to it I can and learn from my failures.


Andy Beal

Andy Beal ··· Marketing Pilgrim

I think part of chasing a dream is the chance that you may fail. I’m not sure I would want to chase a dream that had no risk of failure. I’ve found that some of my greatest successes come shortly after my biggest failures.


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Colin WrightColin Wright ··· Exile Lifestyle

I would create a world where everyone had access to the same information and resources: all they would have to do is reach out and take it. Some would say that we’re already there, but we’ve still got so much economic disparity and cultural baggage that, though information and opportunity are MORE available to most than in any generation before ours, we’ve still got a long way to go.

I’m convinced, however, that with the right application of good ideas and creative torque we can create a world where literally everyone starts out from the same high platform; all they’ll have to do is figure out where they want to go from there.


Jay Piecha

Jay Piecha ··· Suite J

For me, that one great thing may not be as rewarding if I knew that I could not fail, especially if it was something I was striving to accomplish for myself. I have mustered up a lot of courage and motivation over the years based largely on the challenge and the possibilities of failure, and others suggesting that I should quit. So, my choice would have to be something that made a difference in someone else’s life.

I would have to say that the one great thing I would do is be the world’s first “Perfect Dad”.   I can’t think of anything more rewarding in this world than knowing with 100% certainty that I made no mistakes parenting my daughter. She’s only 3, but she has already said that I am “the best Dad from here to outer space”, so who knows, maybe it’s possible?


Michael Donghia

Michael Donghia ··· The Art of Minimalism

Ahh that’s easy. I’d organize the best and brightest minds from all around the world. I’d get them together all in one spot and we’d devise a no-holds-bar strategy to combat absolute poverty once and for all. It wouldn’t just be about providing resources for these people — we’d restore dignity and teach them our secrets. And maybe, in the process, they’d teach us a thing or two about living.


Rachel Hills

Rachel Hills ··· Rachel Hills

I’d come up with and popularize new ways of explaining human experiences, so that people would feel less alone and more empathic. Understanding is power.


Courtney Carver

Courtney Carver ··· Be More With Less

If I was certain I couldn’t fail, I would stop taking my monthly Multiple Sclerosis infusion. While I have made many lifestyle changes to fight MS, I have also been on different treatments since I was diagnosed in 2006. For the first year, the drugs I used were so so harsh, I had to take more drugs to keep from throwing up. I have been on my current therapy since the summer of 2007 and have very few side effects.

I feel so healthy but would love to save the time, money and uncertainty of being on this medication. That said, I believe that this drug is helping me to reverse MS and I am not willing to give up that security.


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Dusti Arab

Dusti Arab ··· Minimalist Adventures

I’d dream of facilitating and spreading the knowledge everywhere that you have a choice in everything you do. From the time we enter the school system, we are trained for one of two outcomes. Either we are prepped for college and the life it entails, or we are branded as “not book smart,” destined to work fast food and struggle.

We all have more options than that, but no one in a public school would dare discuss it. To prepare for a future where everyone has a choice would be the most fulfilling thing that I think exists.


Michelle Nickolaisen

Michelle Nickolaisen ··· Wicked Whimsy

One of my long term, seems-impossible-right-now dreams is to start up some sort of resource or class to help homeless people get back on their feet.

Why? I feel like people should look for opportunities to pay it forward and give back (as cheesy as that is, it’s the truth!) and I really hate how downright mean and nasty people can be towards the homeless — they’re people and they deserve to be treated as such.


Dirk de Bruin

Dirk de Bruin ··· Upgrade Reality

If I knew I couldn’t fail, I’d get on a plane tomorrow and start the adventure of a lifetime. I wanna see dozens of countries, meet people in cities and towns all around the world and I want to experience nature’s beauty.

This costs money (and it’s potentially dangerous), and I feel I first need to build up my online business before taking the leap and traveling without a constant source of income.


Emilie Wapnick

Emilie Wapnick ··· Puttylike

The threat of failure doesn’t stop me from dreaming big. I have many dreams in the works and I’ve embraced them all fully. I guess if I had to pick one, it would be my dream of hacking Hollywood and becoming a television writer.

This dream scared me at first because it felt like there was too much competition, a rigid system already in place, and too many factors outside of my control. I’m over that now though, and have started developing a series idea, pilot script and trying to connect with the right people.


Farnoosh Brock

Farnoosh Brock ··· Prolific Living

I finally not only dare to dream, but I also do not care anymore whether I fail at it or make it. The dream is to create a shift in people’s thoughts with my words and my writing. The dream is to become the true model example of smart habits for rich living, which I advocate because there is no reward greater than when we change another person’s life for the better by living our own life well.


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Dan Andrews

Dan Andrews ··· Tropical MBA

If I couldn’t fail, I’d be a globe-trotting touring musician. I always dreamed of that lifestyle — creative, semi-nomadic, engaging, and full of excitement. In many ways, being an entrepreneur is very similar — you just don’t need to have earth-shattering talent. That helps, though.


Chris Guthrie

Chris Guthrie ··· Make Money on the Internet

I don’t really have any dreams. I set attainable goals and then I do everything I can to attain those goals. Although I’ll fail from time to time, it’s not something I let stop me. If you’re afraid of failure, you’ll live your life doing little to nothing and always taking the least dangerous path without ever taking a risk.

I don’t know if that’d qualify as an answer, but I don’t really know how to answer your question because I don’t ever approach anything from the “I think I’ll fail, but if I knew I couldn’t fail then I can actually believe I might be able to achieve something” mindset. Instead, I believe I can achieve something and don’t need to dream to do it.


Tammy Strobel

Tammy Strobel ··· Rowdy Kittens

Failure is part of the human experience and while failing isn’t fun, I wouldn’t want to change that aspect of my life. In addition, failure is an integral part of risk taking. For example, I left my day job last year and started my own small business. It was a huge risk and I could have failed.

Of course it’s important to take some risks, but as a society we’ve become addicted to risk. And I wonder how good that is for us as individuals and, more importantly, the planet? Speaking of risk and epic failures, I highly recommend watching this TED Talk by Naomi Klein. It’s one of the best talks I’ve seen this year.


Nick Laborde

Nick Laborde ··· Locationless

There is so much that I want to do, and deciding on one was a bit of a challenge. If I knew I couldn’t fail, I would publish a personal development book for people that don’t read personal development books.  Not only would it get published, it would also be a New York Times best seller. And… WHY?

I want to impact peoples lives by not just inspiring them, but inspiring them to take action. Inspiration without action is just noise, and there’s no shortage of that.


Steve Roy

Steve Roy ··· Ending the Grind

My dream and the greatest thing I can possibly think of is creating a lifestyle for my family that would allow me to be with my two young daughters whenever I wanted. In my dream, my 5 year old would get the therapy that she desperately needs, yet we can’t afford.

My dream would be to positively influence them and raise them in a way that they never had to go though what I went through as a child, which includes being subjected to divorce at a young age, being taken from their father, dealing with the stresses of poverty, and living in a house filled with anger.


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Salvatore Greco

Salvatore Greco ··· Surfer Lifestyle Design

If I could absolutely and positively not fail (which is actually real if failure is not an option) then I would start a traveling, organic school for higher learning. I always dream about a school that is actually based on learning, the real kind of learning, like experiences, rather than the conventional ways of schooling.  The school system now teaches kids to be a part of another persons dream rather than there owns, and it just molds them into a societal fit.

This school would allow kids to dab into all sorts of arts and sciences, and not only encourage them to dream big, but to tell them that taking action on that dream is ENTIRELY in their hands.  When more people grow up KNOWING they have control, then this world can be a better place for everyone.


David Risley

David Risley ··· PC Mech

Well, I say dream it anyway, failure be damned. The world grows on dreams, if you get right down to it. That’s how things start. If you waited until failure isn’t a possibility, nothing would ever happen.


David Damron

David Damron ··· Life Excursion

Building a passive income system that I was able to teach to my friends and family. By doing this, I would be granted the opportunity to enjoy their presence more often. On their end, they would be capable of freeing themselves from the stress and worry that comes along with having a job they hate and the financial impact of not having control over their income.

If failing wasn’t a reality, I would spend every waking moment for the next year creating this opportunity.


Alisha Robertson

Alisha Robertson ··· Small World Pursuits

I dream every day. I dream of running my own business focusing on creating resources and tools (creative school curriculum) to incorporate into the public school sector classrooms. I feel that it is important for children to learn about cultures other than their own, and there is no better way to do that than with a creative interactive approach.

I dream endlessly about how to accomplish this. The best approach to turn my dream into reality.


Jonathan FigaroJonathan Figaro ··· The Dropout Kid

I was asked this question when I was 19 years old. I heard it from Bryan Tracy’s “Psychology of Achievement” audio tape. I thought about it a lot over the years and I realized one thing: I’m already living my dream.


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Sathvik Tantry

Sathvik Tantry ··· There’s Money Everywhere

I have always dreamed about writing a best-selling book that will make people think differently. At the end of the day, ideas are what push the world forward in the right direction. If I can change the way people think for the better, I’ll feel my life will have served a good purpose.


Jason Sani

Jason Sani ··· Arizona Health Club

I would take all of my passion ingredients and mix them up into an amazing dream smoothie. This delicious smoothie would have me reaching out to a world wide audience to spread the message of living an energetic life to the full. I see myself becoming an authority figure in health and nutrition. With that I would have my own feature show where I would be able to use my fame and status in a productive manner and leverage a Mastermind alliance (think captain planet)…

With this Mastermind alliance I would inspire people that have a following, influence, money, and power to get involved and make a difference in spreading general consciousness and awareness. Reason is having a major purpose to GIVE.


Rob Rammuny

Rob Rammuny ··· Rob’s Web Tips

I think anyone that answers that question with something they wouldn’t dare to dream otherwise is setting themselves up for failure, period. I am a firm believer in the law of attraction. I base my work and motivation off a simple quote: “Whether you think you can or can’t, either way you’re right.”

It’s been proven over and over again that you CAN do anything and NOT fail if you ASK & BELIEVE in yourself. This is in no way a “religious” statement, so you don’t have to be “religious” to understand this, it simply is — the law of attraction.

David Utke

David Utke ··· Edge of David

I would dare to dream that I could be a professional wingsuit base jumper, better known as a “birdmen”, if I knew I could not fail. Failure literally means death, and for that reason I’m not sure I have the courage right now to do what these men do. Fear constrains me and that frustrates me. Humans don’t surf the ocean to flatten it out, or travel the world like Chris Guillebeau for practical reasons — they do it for the thrill.

I want to experience the thrill of jumping off a cliff and flying through the air at 200 mph, but fear of myself smashing into a cliff side prevents me! If I could not fail, that is what I would dare to dream of doing for the thrill of flying.


Nathan Agin

Nathan Agin ··· Nonstop Awesomeness

I’m on the cusp of this now, but it involves not charging people anything for any of my services or products (most of them upcoming). I’d move towards a Love Economy, where people can donate what they feel the value is, or offer their gifts to me in return for what I have provided them — maybe that’s a meal or a yoga class, but essentially it eliminates this whole (broken) paper-money system.

As I feel that I’m definitely in the role of Facilitator these days, it’s all about how I can be an amplifier or catalyst for the awesomeness that each of us already possesses — so this is one way I could encourage people to share their gifts more fully in the world! I know that if I did retain the prices, it would mainly be out of fear — the thought of “this might not actually work, so I should have a back-up plan.” Now where’s the awesomeness in a back-up plan?!


Neil Pasricha

Neil Pasricha ··· 1000 Awesome Things

I dare to dream that I am what I am, I’m not here very long, and I’m going to enjoy it.


And now we get to YOU.


1. I would love to hear what one great thing you would dare to dream if you knew you couldn’t fail. Feel free to email me or drop a comment below and i’ll respond to you.

2. Remember: I’m looking to inspire 8 million people!! If you’re inspired by any of the above, it would mean the world to me if you could share this on your favorite social network!

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104 Comments

  • avatar Electra says:

    Fascinating responses Jacob! Interesting how your question was a platform for further discussion on fear/failure/risk/reward. The answers would have been completely different without the "if you knew you could not fail" part…and how cool that so many people view the actual prize as the *STRIVING* and stepping into that place of fear/uncertainty. Thanks for compiling this!
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  • avatar Steve Roy says:

    Jacob,
    This is quite a list buddy! Thanks for the opportunity to share my vision.

    There are some truly awesome people on this list and it's great to get an idea of what they are all about. This was a great idea for a post and I hope to see more big ideas from you!

  • Another great post Jacob.

    I especially like what Jonathan, Chris, and a few others said about fear, "without fear the goal is hollow."

    It's the same as asking, " What would you do if you couldn't feel pain?" The goal is to realize that pain (and fear) is a natural part of life for a reason (survival). And the key is not to wish for a world without them, but to realize that they come with the territory of living, and thus the goal is to use them to your advantage rather than letting them hold you back.

    I'm scared everyday, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

  • Brother – another inspirational post. So much to enjoy here! Thanks for taking the time to put this out there and giving me a chance to be part of this!
    Eliot.

  • avatar Danny Brown says:

    What a fantastic "experiment", Jacob, and so many different answers. None right; none wrong. Isn't this what being human is all about – questions, answers, collaboration? Now why can't we all do this, not just once a year but every minute, every day, every year?

    Cheers, sir, for asking me to be part of it.

    • Jacob_Sokol says:

      LOVE IT DUDE! Thanx so much for your mindfulness and willingness to put yourself out there. Really dug your take on the whole shebang. -=)

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  • Thanks for including me my man:)

  • avatar Joel says:

    Thanks for including me here Jacob. It was great talking with you last week. Really pumped for the things you're gonna be coming out with. Keep doing something impossible!

  • avatar Kel Hinkle says:

    Easy. I would publish the series of books I've started to write, and be able to get the hell out of my cubicle hell. I could then move to my beloved islands, since it doesn't matter where my office is, as long as it has internet access, and live the simple life I crave.

    • Jacob_Sokol says:

      What would the books be on? -=)

      • avatar Kel Hinkle says:

        It's actually a very new concept. There are tons of books out there for kids who had learning disabilities in reading: conceptually, they are on older topics, but with a much lower reading level. However, there is pretty much nothing out there for the opposite side of the spectrum. My series is about 2 cats who solve mysteries; early elementary level, but with higher vocabulary and more complex sentence structure. Parents of gifted readers do *not* want their 6 year olds reading Stephen King, even if their reading level says they could process it. This gives teachers and parents an option for advanced readers to keep their interest. Nothing saps a child's love of learning more than boredom.

  • avatar markharai says:

    Love it Jacob!

    Inspire the world bro – although isn't 8 million people a low number to shoot for, or is that your 2011 goal?

    I'm looking forward to being inspired by you in 2011 – cheers to you!

  • avatar Sal Greco says:

    Everett Bogue – "make it possible for bisexual polyamorous cyborgs to exist in this world without fear" HAHA Classic answer….

    Thanks for including me, these post ROCK…Keep em comin'

    I dn't know what I like better about em, reading the awesome responses, or getting to know these AWESOME people!

  • Hi Jacob,

    Thanks again for including me in such a wonderful crowd-sourced post!

    When I first read this question, I assumed the opposite of knowing you can't fail is believing that you will. I didn't think of it from the angle Jonathan explored–not believing you fail will but knowing it's possible you might.

    I think that's the biggest challenge. In order to create anything of value, we need to believe it's possible, and yet we also have to understand that while it can happen, that doesn't guarantee it will. We have to simultaneously commit to the process and possibility without attaching to the outcome.

    A lot of food for thought here! Thanks again for what you do. Though the future is never set in stone, I would be surprised if you didn't reach your 8 million =)

    Lori

    • Jacob_Sokol says:

      My pleasure Lori – always thrilled to intentionally get our goodness going in the same direction together.

      I had a pretty similar take on the question as you. Thanx for continuing to extend your words of wisdom this way, Miss Buddha! -=) Quite a delicious dish!!

      Appreciate your support immensely and am stoked to see how we can all combine forces for the greater good of the planet and people in it. {{Flashback of Saturday morning x-men cartoons}}

      Chat soon -=)!

  • avatar J.D. Meier says:

    I especially liked Fields' point that it's the uncertainty that makes the win worth it.

    Thinking back, those are the precious scenes in life.

  • avatar nathanagin says:

    bro – really appreciate you reaching out for my ideas on the topic. what's fascinating about a post like this is to read so many other ways to view this question, and to see how many people pursue their dreams! plus, it seems there's much interest in cyborgs, new countries, yacht parties & time travel – let's make this a reality! :-)

  • Appreciate you asking me to be a part of this, Jacob, even though I always spell your name wrong :) This is a list that dares people to dream….something we need more of in this world. Dreams are what create the exceptional.

  • Epic post once again Jacob. In such company, I'm glad I didn't mention my other dream to have a bottomless bowl of fruit salad. Or of becoming the next X-Man! I agree with Nathan on how powerful it is to get an insight into what others dream about. Good hustle bro!

  • avatar Jay says:

    I feel unbelievably blessed and inspired to be included on such an amazing list. Thanks Jacob!

    Not only does every blog post you publish here rock my Suite socks, but what a freakin' bonus that I get to discover so many more amazing people throughout your posts and comments here as well!

    Why haven't I written a blog post in a week or two? Nah, not cause I'm busy with business! I'm all twisted up, spun around, and UNrealistically Sensophized…savoring the the flavor of change! Consider your goal officially down to at least 7,999,999. ;)

    Cheers man, keep up the amazingness.
    Jay

    • Jacob_Sokol says:

      Well that's cuz you fuckin' rock mister suite stuff… u continue to crack me up homeslice… looking fwd to more you and if i have to ban your IP to get it, i will!! -=) Easy bro!

  • avatar Srinivas Rao says:

    Jacob,

    I always look forward to your posts like this. It's not just because of the answers but because of all the really cool blogs I discover that I didn't know about before. Thanks for including me.

  • avatar Alisha says:

    Wow! So many great responses from very inspiring people! But, as well all know the fear of failure should never be a reason to not try something or dream big for our goals! Thank you for including me amongst truly amazing people!

  • avatar dogandogs says:

    Holly crap…thats quite a list…I enjoyed reading few people that I know …and I didnt necessarily know this about them…so thnx :-)

  • Dude..im happy you reached out to me to create this post. Wonderful work..Great marketing tactic..lol..jking..Stay local…

  • avatar Alyx says:

    Jacob this is a conglomerate of a post with so many valuable people giving timeless insight. It's really amazing to be able to see further into the dreams and hearts of other people and realize we all make up a single thought; evolution. We all wish to grow through achieving dreams and through that growth help others do the same. Thanks for putting such a powerful post together.

    Alyx

  • Hi Jacob! My dream is to constantly spread love through my actions, my words, my activities, and all my endeavors. To be so connected with my true nature that love effortlessly flows out into the world. I can't fail because it only depends on me to be able to achieve this dream. :)
    Thanks for a beautiful post. Loving blessings!

  • avatar Nick Laborde says:

    Hey man, thanks for putting this together. I know you put a lot of work into and I think It will inspire a lot of people to think about this. When you emailed me this question, I have to admit that I was a little stuck. Not that I don'r have dreams but being forced to think that big things are possible.

  • avatar Dave Ursillo says:

    Jacob,

    Awesome post, and even more awesome as I scroll through the list and recognize many of these names and faces as contacts, Twitter friends, and people I consider genuine friends! And perhaps even MORE awesome is how many new names and faces I can now connect with and learn from.

    If I were to dare to reveal my greatest dream?

    I suppose to tell each person simply, "that power comes from within." Because within that statement are layers and layers of important lessons for living a happy, healthy, balanced, empowered, and liberated life. Understanding that power comes from within reveals that we always have choice, that personal responsibility trumps circumstances, that freedom is a state of mind…

    Best,

    Dave

  • avatar Dawn says:

    Goosebumps…
    If I knew I could not fail…I would teach everyone to let go of the past demons…and change the voices in their head to loving words of encouragment!

  • avatar IamDavidd says:

    I really enjoyed Jonathan Fields answer, but I took your question of "if you could not fail" as being tatamount to being invincible, not to having already done it because you could not fail doing it. Anyways, loved the responses, particularly Arsene's. "Shame", that was such a clever response and it is so very true.

  • Thanks for including me in this awesome post Jacob, really honored to be in the presence of all these great bloggers!

    Keep up the fantastic articles and resources man, Sensophy is on its way to becoming huge!
    Diggy

  • avatar amber says:

    Hey Jacob! Insightful & motivating post! Thank you for the work you do!

    If I dared to dream and achieve one great thing – it would be to completely change the public perception of health care for pets. We’d learn from the animals – that they are just like us, but on a much shorter life line… and we’d realize that yearly vaccinations, monthly doses of toxic chemicals (flea preventatives), and crap kibble pet food isn’t healthy, and shouldn’t be the norm.

    • Jacob_Sokol says:

      WOW Amber! What a stance to take -=)… Thanx for the kind words and always appreciate you stopping by and hanging with us here. Yap soon!!

      PS: Do you have any recommendations for cat food?

      • avatar @ambermira says:

        home-cooked or raw! :) (lucky cat!)

        but if you must go for commercially-made diets, then go for canned (wet) food vs dry food. otherwise your kitty will likely have kidney problems later in life. if you're open to it, i'd love to share what i know with you in a real time convo!

        • Jacob_Sokol says:

          Hells to the yeah! My boy has a sensitive stomach so right now they're currently getting dry food but it sounds like a change may be coming. I'm around until Monday and then i dip to Israel for 10 days. We can make it happen before that if you're open. 347-398-2814

  • Jacob this is great! I left everything I knew & with only 9 suitcases headed off to live my dream. I was SO tired of hearing people tell me "Someday this … & Someday that …" I grieved for too many people who never lived their somedays and enjoyed TODAY! I couldn't be that example for my daughter. TODAY I try to inspire & balance all of these examples for her so she can be enlightened to become a better person! Your site will help my blog be a better blog & look forward to what Sensophy has to say next!

  • Hi Jacob, thanks so much for including me in this amazing post. It's an honor to be part of this group of dreamers and a pleasure to read everyone's dreams and goals and know that together we really can make anything happen:)

  • avatar Farnoosh says:

    Jacob, I'll be sifting through this for days. I love it. And yours is the first site that makes me love white font on black background. How do you do it? :) Brilliant, keep shining and following that beautiful heart.

  • Jacob doooooood- I'm diggin' the round up here and all the responses! Erika's response is dead-on, each day is new and sometimes living a normal existance is an accomplishment… it's almost as if the redhead was in my head, weird….

    Thank-a-dilly-ocious for including me in such great company man- you inspire me.

    Eric

  • avatar gem77 says:

    wow dude, i love how many more comments you're getting on all these posts!! you are gonna be at your computer ALL DAY when you have 8 mil subscribers!!! great post btw! i especially loved Danny Browns one……it would be the best thing that could ever happen in the history of the world! just sayin! ;-)

  • You know, Jacob, the most amazing thing about all this – in a field of amazingness – is to really get a chance to see how BUSTING FULL the world is of people who have the same dream. We're all saying the same thing, really: BE as awesome as we really are, live on purpose, filled with love and joy, and bring more and more and more light and love to everything and everyone.

    Given all this – it is incredible to me to think about how FAST the world is changing and how much faster it will continue to change, in this beautiful amazing direction. Thank you for your big, living-out-loud part in bringing us all together so we really GET the power of the numbers and energy. Imagine – you inspire 8 million, who all go out and inspire others…if the next ripple of inspiration is an average of even just ten people (and you know it's way higher, but just sayin') then the ripple beyond that – how can you even do the math?

    So now that I write that, I am guessing, dude, that you have actually already hit your 8 million mark, if the truth were known. Rock on!!!

  • avatar Margo says:

    I've thought about this a lot lately and haven't pinned it down exactly, but it boils down to being in a place where I can inspire everyone I meet and give them at least one thing, lesson, thought, quote, etc. that they need to hear at just that moment to make a positive change in their lives. My mission simply put is to change the world one person at a time.

    • Jacob_Sokol says:

      Greatness Margo! Well one person at a time, sounds like, you're the first one!! -=) I've had and continue to have some strikingly similar intentions. I think by doing the work we know we need to do on ourselves – those intentions will actualize, in part on their own. Keep it coming!! -=)

  • avatar thennen says:

    Good discussion Jacob. You see, there are people out there that want to do good and make great changes in this world. We just need to wake up and do it. What I love about your sight and this question is that it's a starting point for WAKING THE DEAD. And what I mean by the dead is us. The people walking the Earth but feel like they have no purpose, or feel like there is a purpose for them but they don't know what that is, or they just don't know how to get started. It is helping us to not lose heart, which I think is a big part of "the game". We are all searching for our hearts for be fully ALIVE!! When we lose heart, we might as well be dead (emotionally and physically).

    • Jacob_Sokol says:

      Tish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (i typed everyone of the !s singly and didn't just hold down the ! button)

      Great points. One of my favorite parts of Sensophy is getting to connect with people who are open to that experience of being FULLY ALIVE. It's redonkulously rewarding. Awesome articulation of your perspective. Thanx so much for the insights -=)

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  • avatar Ryan Yokome says:

    Crazy stuff Jacob! Probably one of the best posts I've seen today on the web. Totally in depth bro!!! Love your site brotha, things are looking good. ;)

  • avatar Prateek says:

    Phew! That’s quite a list of dreams man! I’d like to pitch in and say that I want to create something revolutionary..Something out of nothing..My greatest dream is to solve one of life’s most complex problems with the simplest possible answer that I can think of..the problem could be anything – social, economic, scientific..but I want to spark of some kind of new idea…yep..that’s where I see myself going 5 or 10 years down the line!

    Excellent article Jakob. My first time around here, I’m definitely going to subscribe to your excellent blog!

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  • avatar Kristine says:

    Hei Jacob!
    Thank you for amazing post, I got some good inspiration reading about all those dreams people dare to dream. You are doing amazing job helping us all :-) If I couldn't fail my biggest dream is to help all the animals in the whole world to have better life and to educate people about how to treat animals and make this life happier for them. I know it's very wide look at all this but if I look at it more in details then I have 2 big upcoming goals I want to achieve this year. One is to go wild horse sanctuary in USA "Return To Freedom" and work as a voluntier and help save these amazing animals. Second goal is to go to Carribean to St.Vincent and get involved in saving dogs there. It's one of the poorest contries in Carribean and there is lot to be done. And just thinking about challange I would have there to make people think different about how they treat dogs there and to find sopnsors to build up animal shelter is what makes my heart sing from joy and excitment. I know I can do it and I would put all my love, effort and work to make it happen. I believe universe will give me that chance to be there and help one day.

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  • avatar Roshini says:

    Hey Jacob!

    Just wanted to say, I was so inspired by all these responses!

    Here's mine:
    Make meditation a mandatory practise in schools, corporations, organisations etc… I'm convinced that it is the solution to all of humanity's current issues like war, poverty, even dissatisfaction in jobs, not listening to our heart/intuition, quarrels with families etc.

    Meditation is a life skill, there are several ways of doing it, and it teaches you- experientially- the nature of reality. And finally, it lets you realise that failure is not as bad as you think, which gives you the courage to go for your dreams, regardless.

    Keep up the awesome work, love your goal of inspiring 8 million people!

    Roshini

  • avatar Starblazer2013 says:

    Oh, Jacob, I love you, Brother. I love this question.

    I've been pondering this a great deal over the past couple of days. Let's look at failure. Before now I would have thought in terms of a test, or a QA test. If it doesn't work, it "fails". Well, okay, it can be that way in the software and even academic world, but there needs to be a broadening of sorts of the spectrum.

    So I look at it as this: If something didn't turn out as expected or it didn't work, or whatever, I tried. It may have been unsuccessful, but it didn't fail. Failure is: 1. not attempting it at all and thus letting the opportunity pass, 2. letting the unsuccessful event stop you from attempting anything further to achieve the goal – thus not learning from what worked and what didn't and acting upon it, or 3. all of the above. That for me is the new definition of "failure".

    So to answer the question, I KNOW I can't fail unless I choose to. So what does this look like? It looks like this: I CHOOSE to combine all my talents from high-tech,spiritual / intuitive, music – all that with the highest love directly inspire, mentor, and directly make an indelible positive impact on people's lives. The more, the better. as a result, my abundance in all it's positive forms grows exponentially and geometrically. In the famous words of one of my heroes, Gene Krantz, "Failure is not an option."

    Yeah. That's the very foundation of what it is. Man, what an awesome feeling!

  • avatar Hank says:

    Shakespeare once wrote “Nothing in this world is as common as wish to be different…” :)

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