If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost... - Henry David Thoreau | AmandaSueHowell.com


If you woke up tomorrow and were free to do anything you wanted with your life, what would you do and who would you be? Who would I be?

If you had asked me that questions 5 years ago, I would have gone on a very long-winded explanation of all the amazing things I would do, and see. If you had asked me that question 1 year ago, I would have weaseled my way out of it. What happened? I fell victim to the dream-killers.

You may well ask yourself, what are the dream-killers? And it’s true, they are not often named. But they rear their ugly heads whenever we’re starting to feel the winds of greatness flowing around us. Whenever we begin to feel that we have potential to be Somebody. Whenever we dare to dream beyond our usual confines. Whenever we believe we can take our possibles, into the waters of reality.

How can you spot them? Easy. They’re the ones telling you that you’re not good enough. Or that your head is in the clouds. Or you’re building castles in the air. Or, my personal favorite, you’re just selfish.

That’s right. Selfish. I had the “joy” of being called selfish last year. What were my selfish dreams? To have a seven-figure business. But I never said I wanted a seven-figure business for the fun of it. I never said I wanted a seven-figure business so I could live at Disneyland. I never said I wanted a seven-figure business so I could wear Prada & Gucci. What heinous things did I say? What were my self-centered aspirations?

I want a seven-figure business….

  • Because I have a heart for the children of China, and I want to rebuild their pitiful orphanages (seriously…the orphanages make me want to cry).
  • Because I have a heart for the children of China, and I want to adopt, and that takes money.
  • Because I want to start an organization, helping women who have been/are going through domestic violence.
  • Because I want to give generously to other organizations who are doing the same.
  • Because I want to give generously to anti-human trafficking organizations.
  • Because I believe business-owners have a responsibility to add to the amount of jobs there are out there, and that requires the money to pay them.
  • Because I don’t want my future employees to “just be paid”. I want them to be paid well, to love their jobs, to have vacation time, to have great insurance, etc.
  • And yes, I want to do silly things like get my education, without relying on government funding. Or fund my children’s future educations. Or get my teeth fixed. <— okay that one might be selfish…or it might be a public service. 😛

So there you have it. There’s my vision for myself, and for my business. And just because I don’t (often) put it out there anymore, doesn’t mean I’ve given up on it. It just means I’m avoiding the dream-killers.


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