Mar 13, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Most of us want one simple thing in this life – and that is to be happy.

Happy people want everyone else to be happy. Successful people want others to find success as well.

When we were young, we all had dreams of whom or what we would be when we grew up. Some of us wanted to be professional athletes, firefighters, Vogue Models, and even some….. Politicians!!!

How do some achieve their dreams, while others do not? Hard work? Luck?

I believe it’s a combination of many things. The support of family and friends is a big plus.

I also conceive that much comes from within – the determination and sheer will to achieve whatever or whoever it is you aspire to become.

If you have a lifetime goal that you want to make a reality, and you are on your way to reaching it, surround yourself with those who support and encourage you.

Limit your association with those who say “Don’t quit your day job!” That’s a nice way of saying “I don’t believe in you.”

Common sense alone tells us that money is necessary to live. This doesn’t mean your dream is unattainable. It just means you’ll need to think and plan for it more carefully.

If you continue your association with naysayers, you’ll only hear about failure. You will also hear: That is just a waste of time” so you won’t want to even try.

Negative people will bring you down with them. It’s what makes them happy.

Did you know that Dustin Hoffman was voted “Least Likely to Succeed” by his fellow drama students? Film stars are usually tall, handsome and masculine – such as John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, or The Rock.

You couldn’t convince Dustin Hoffman! He loved acting and decided to ignore those who said he couldn’t. He knew he could. Directors would cast him as a bumbling friend. That didn’t matter to Hoffman.

He knew what he loved, what he wanted to do. And now five foot six, Dustin Hoffman walks tall in Hollywood!

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill