✏ How Much Does a Dream Cost?

“To be alive at all is to have scars.”

John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

Whenever I hear the line, “How much does a dream cost?”, it takes me back to high school English class and reading the classic, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck. As George and Lennie pool their money to buy a ten-acre farm in California, they realize that without each other, this dream wouldn’t be possible. Steinbeck hits on themes of support, friendship as a bond, and how lucky we are as individuals to have people who believe in our dreams, because the world can be a lonely place.

Then comes the classic line, “The only story that really matters is the one about you.” This phrase sums up the importance of taking ownership of your own story. It is also about finding people to be part of your inner circle who believe in your enthusiasm and passion in making an opportunity a reality. All of us need support when we’re moving from good to great.

“Don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — the main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”

John Steinbeck

Each of us should always be setting specific goals to continue our growth and fulfillment. Each day, we should be striving to grow in at least one aspect of our lives. Growth is not just for the young; it is for each and every person who is willing to continue dreaming. The dilemma is that as we get older, we begin to settle into our comfort zone and either slow our pace of growth, or even worse, stand content in where we are. As the saying goes, if you’re not living, then you’re dying. If you’re living your best life, you’re dreaming, learning, and growing, and that’s great definition of fulfillment.

“People who are most afraid of their dreams convince themselves they don’t dream at all.”

John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

The truth is, setting goals can be the single most important factor in how far we will advance. It is through the process of reaching our dreams that we feel the sense of achievement, skill development, direction, and focus. Those goals need to be challenging, but realistic. Create targets along the journey to conduct self-awareness assessments where you can be vulnerable and honest with yourself.

However, we cannot accomplish our dreams alone. We need a support system for encouragement, advice, honesty, and accountability. Our inner-circle becomes our life-line. Too often, we will fill that circle with unnecessary people who provide negativity, drama, excuses and blame. The weight of their negativity becomes too much to carry. Drop the negativity. Drop the people that bring you down.

Let go of those people in your life and construct an inner circle of like-minded, ambitious people whose oxygen is chasing greatness. Those people will also become your strength when you feel weak, your thoughts when you feel trapped in a corner, and your biggest fans when it is time to celebrate an achievement. If we want to overcome challenges, we must have the courage and vulnerability to ask for help.

Let’s return to the original question posed in the title, “How much does a dream cost?”

The simple answer is that dreams don’t cost a dime, but they demand their due. Once you commit to a dream and establish your goals, the following is the price you’ll pay:


price of dream

And one last thing.


“You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.”

John Steinbeck

Be courageous, chase greatness in small ways every day and move closer toward your dreams.

You’re worth it.

Go do great things today and make a difference.


Humbled to lead,

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