Stop Dreaming, Start Walking

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  • “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” ~ Attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    One of the most common documented deathbed regrets is that the soon to be deceased wishes they had taken more risks. They aren’t talking about bungee jumping, but rather the dreams that they carried inside for a lifetime that they will never see realized.

    There are hundreds of reasons that people pass on their dreams, and they all seem perfectly logical.

    Take the American Dream for example: get an education, find a steady job, buy a house, have a family, build a nice retirement fund and then relax until you die. Aside from the fact that the American Dream no longer resembles that model, the folks who followed it achieved most of the perks but remained personally unfulfilled. Having shelved their heart’s desire in pursuit of “security” they spend their waning days dreaming of what might have been.

    All that sought-after safety and security was a compelling illusion that lured millions of baby-boomers away from their burning desires. Fortunately, dreams are persistent, because they are the seeds of our greatness.

    When asked, most people will tell you that they have had basically the same dream all of their life. It’s something they contemplate, fantasize about and spend much pleasurable time engaged with. Yet they never act upon it. They just can’t seem to muster the necessary resources and encouragement to take the first step toward their passion.

    The truth is, taking those first steps serves to marshall the resources and the moral support to take the next steps and the next. Ultimately, the dreamer finds himself with a viable concept and the momentum to attract more resources and the means to bring the dream to fruition.

    It is never too late to take that first step. In fact, now is the perfect time to do so. Even when our society seems to have run out of ideas, the dreamers in our midst have not. Those dreams are not only seeds of greatness, they are seeds of a new America led by passion and innovation – a new America jump-started by the burst of courage that propels our first step toward our dream.

    Don’t just dream it. Do it!

    Gale Connell

    In 2002 Gale Connell became the first Club President for CEO Space in Colorado. Within a few months he achieved status as the driving force behind the most successful club launch in the 20 year history of CEO Space. Seven years later, Gale has been integral in helping hundreds of Colorado entrepreneurs, raise capital, strategize, and execute to achieve their desired outcomes. Today, he serves as Colorado State Director for CEO Space with an elite support team, trained to insure the success of even more CEOs as they launch and expand their businesses. Gale's career highlights include:

    • Served as General Manager and Regional Franchise Advisor for Ramada Inn's parent company for 15 years.
    • Founded Master Craft Auto Body, the first fully computerized collision repair franchise company in 1977, sold to Itel International in 1979.
    • Served as General Sales Manager and General Manager for 5 Denver area Automobile dealerships for 15 years.
    • Designed, built, and operated several successful restaurant, bar, and entertainment venues.
    • Co-authored Second Messenger, a spiritual, sci-fi novel published in 2000.
    • Founded CEO Space Colorado 2002.

    For more information, please visit ceospacecolorado.com.

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