How much do dreams cost?

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I love my Gram but I remember when I was little she told me that dreaming didn't cost anything, it's the cheapest form of entertainment there was. Well, no offense Gram but in my humble opinion.. dreaming CAN be the most costly thing one can do with their time. Don't get me wrong, if it motivates you, it's great but if it is a replacement for action, a recipe for procrastination or a mental pacifier.. it's costing you BIG TIME!

How much have your dreams made or cost you?
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  • Profile picture of the author abond
    Interesting point. You can draw a similar analogy to television: it's probably the costiest purchase you will ever make.
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    • Profile picture of the author Carmen_Hudson
      I'd say it depends on the dream!

      My dream to work from home full time initially cost me quite a bit of money as I learned the ropes and learned what I had to do in order to make it work. But now it pays me, and I consider all that money and time and fumbling to be an investment, albeit a frustrating one I wouldn't want to go back to.

      My dream to see every state and at least 10 foreign countries--will probably cost me lots of money when I go, but it'll bring lots and lots of enrichment to my life. It also motivates me--if I find myself flagging I read about some Tuscan villa I want to visit some day and then get back to work.

      Other dreams have been "pipe dreams" and have cost a fortune.

      Dreams like "watching television" etc. are more what I'd call fantasies--they're escapist. Like any other indulgence, they're fine and even helpful in small doses, but can be utterly destructive in large ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author razorico
    I think dream is something that it's impossible to buy. What you want to achieve - is a your goal, and this can be measured in money equivalent.
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  • Profile picture of the author Royce24
    It can go both ways. but the person that dreams are what make everything great in this world. buildings were made from dreams, houses, inventions. dreams can be the best thing or the worst thing. but imo dreams are great
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  • Profile picture of the author Joshua526
    Dreams got me started, and dreams get me revved up everyday. But now, I minimize dreaming to take more action so that my dreams will become reality!
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  • Profile picture of the author Adam J Wagner
    Too much of anything isn't good. If you spend all your time dreaming about what your life could be, you'll lose track of what your life is.

    But having a dream is important so you know what you're working towards, just make sure you're actually working towards it and not just dreaming...
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  • Profile picture of the author Newview
    I agree. Dreams can help you to aspire. You need a goal and a course of action to be able realize and live your dreams. Working to make your dreams into reality is a goal all by itself. But daydreaming without purpose can be just that.
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  • Profile picture of the author SUPER Louie
    Dreams can turn into a nightmare if you don't PLAN for it well. That's where I am right now.
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  • Profile picture of the author magnates
    Originally Posted by KAYEKINNEY View Post

    I love my Gram but I remember when I was little she told me that dreaming didn't cost anything, it's the cheapest form of entertainment there was. Well, no offense Gram but in my humble opinion.. dreaming CAN be the most costly thing one can do with their time. Don't get me wrong, if it motivates you, it's great but if it is a replacement for action, a recipe for procrastination or a mental pacifier.. it's costing you BIG TIME!

    How much have your dreams made or cost you?

    Wow ... What an incredible question to ask yourself

    How much does your dream cost you

    I have never asked myself that question before ...

    I have huge dreams ... Big hairy audacious goals ...

    Without my dreams , I would want to end my life

    There would be nothing to live for

    Thanks for the share

    ~Femi
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  • Profile picture of the author WorkSatisfaction
    Definately can go both ways.

    I have however come to the conclusion that if you are serious enough to make your dreams a reality, daydreaming must be put aside at some point (hopefully sooner rather than later) and a plan of action must be implemented to ensure that your dream will indeed be achieved.

    This does not mean that one should never take a break but this should be done within reason.

    All good things come to those who take consistent tireless action and have the patience to wait for it!
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  • Profile picture of the author SeanSeely
    DayDreaming can run away with your brain. You need to dedicate a certain time for daydreaming so it won't affect your actions. I do all my daydreaming in the shower, then write down all that I thought about when I am dry. Some nice methods and products have come from this little change.
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  • Profile picture of the author linkme
    We are all bigger than our dreams. Problem with dreaming is having a wishful thinking or imagining good stuff that you don't even know where and how to get. Too much dreaming make you weak and a whiner. Good dreaming motivates you to act without delay. If by any chance you have no personal discipline, dreaming is bad for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author bank1010
    very good observation ... and true
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  • Profile picture of the author stopper
    I think dreaming can be directed to work for you. Research has shown that many people that went to snooze with a problem came up with a solution faster than the ones that did not.
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  • Profile picture of the author HenryDicks
    Originally Posted by KAYEKINNEY View Post

    How much have your dreams made or cost you?
    I hate dreams, they're awesome.

    No seriously, my dreams are what drives me to work 10-12h days when nothing makes any sense at the moment but I see what I'm going to gain in the long end.

    But sometimes I go over the top and reach an almost manic position that makes me feel too confident...too focused on making millions, when you should accept a mediocre contract to pay the bills. That's not good either, and hitting reality is usually not the nicest experience after a few weaks on a creative high.

    So, don't let your entreprenurial demons take control over your actions. Sometimes you gotta do something that's not going to do anything but pay a few hundred bucks right now, and when you've been dreaming about being a super-success, that can be demotivating. On the other hand, dreams are what'll be driving you through hard times that will benefit you in the end, so you'd probably be worse off without them.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Like anything else.

    Electricity can cook or kill
    Drugs can heal or hurt
    Guns can protect or murder

    My dreams are happening because I work toward making them happen. You already answered your own question, action is key. But not just action. The right action.

    I see people here and on the main board always complaining about not getting results. That's because they aren't working smart. Many pieces to the dream puzzle. Gotta get them to fit right or the results are lopsided.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Walker
    Your grandparent have given you a great piece of advice. I also agree with your grandparent, it is the cheapest form of entertainment yet the most valuable part of your life.
    But really my dreams costed me nothing, and if you must ask, i would say i lost a bit of my time with my peers when i was still in a high school.
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  • Profile picture of the author rossmore
    Dreams are free as you are free to create anything you want....everything else is just an illusion haha...
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    • Profile picture of the author The Wizard of Oz
      What a miserable life we would have without 'Dreams' regardless of the cost.

      We should just be thankful for having them in the first place ... Good, bad, happy, sad, scary or wet.

      In one way or another, they're awesome. So it's up to us to use them to our best advantage. :rolleyes:
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