The Real Cost of Ambition: 12 Expenses to Expect When Pursuing your Dream

Ever since I could remember I wanted to be a policeman. I wanted to be fair, give to the community and my favourite colour was always blue. Then, as I grew older and I played my hand at sports, I wanted to represent my country. Something most people would of wanted to do.

It was around 15 that I remember getting told to hurry up and get a job so I could help pay bills. “You’re not going to pay cricket for Australia” I was told by Mother Darling.

Well, she was right. I didn’t play cricket for Australia. I will give her that.

Back then I didn’t know how powerful those words impacted my mind. Or in your case, how similar comments impacted your mind. Neither did the coaches nor our parents. They just told you what they saw as reality. We don’t realise that later on in life we end up doing the same to the next generation. Look, not everyone is going to play sport for their nation. Luckily so, because we need Doctors, Bus Drivers, Scientists, Uni Students, Teachers and Artists of all types. Just don’t take that mental junk into your life and carry it around like baggage.

Reality is a crock of shit. What is reality to one person is completely different to the next.

I remember having a conversation with a friend one time and I remember him mentioning that he wanted more. He said that he worked with people who were happy just wanting to have a good job and a nice house and a family and settle down and that’s all well and good but it wasn’t for him. I told him I didn’t agree.

Once upon a time those people wanted to be a ballerina or a fire fighter. They dreamt of being more and used to play dress ups. They would make the backyard into a world cup soccer stadium and kick the winning goal in the final. As kids, we dreamt, we had imagination. As adults, we lose that spark and hide fear in mediocrity and call it practicality. Somewhere along the line these people started to settle and expect less of themselves.

The truth is, everyone has dreams. Everyone. They just cost a lot. They cost a lot of money. They cost a lot of effort. They cost a lot of sleep. The price of your dreams come with a large price tag. Yet, looking back, they are far more affordable than the cost of playing it safe. The cost of average. The cost of regret. Only you truly know that cost, no one else can do it for you because really, this is your life. No one is going to do it for you. No one is coming to save you.

It’s on you. You don’t get your 20’s again. Your 30’s. your 60’s. Hell, maybe you won’t even get that far. Just spend the whole time waiting for the “perfect time” which is hidden somewhere in the mirage of the desert of the mind.

Look, let’s cut to the chase… chasing your dreams can be shit. Like, one moment you’re thinking you are off to the Olympics the next moment you literally consider busking so you can eat that week. One year your business is about to go National, the next year you are having conversations with the lawyer on strategies to avoid bankruptcy.

Chances are, no one sees this. Truth be told, no one cares. So, to keep your little engine going here are some of the costs you are going to come up against when you decide to stop playing the matrix and actually make a ruckus with your life.

1. You are going to sleep on couches: Seriously, get good at sleeping anywhere. Back seat of the car is a good one or just wait till everyone leaves the business and sleep on the floor and use a rolled up jumper as a pillow.

2. You are going to lose money. A lot of money. Some people go to Uni or College and some people start a business. Either way, you are going to have to pay your tuition. Every dollar you lose is an investment in your learning. Don’t spend the same dollar twice.