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DélioPT said:
There's nothing wrong in following your dreams.
Will that apply to every single person? Most likely no. Still, there's no harm in encouraging people because, well, that's what people already do without those catch frases, anyway.

It's those who follow their dreams that must be aware of their own limitations.

Actually the idea that everyone is special and should thrive to his dream and exceeding is doing a lot of harm because people put a lot of expectations over themselves.



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

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DonFerrari said:
DélioPT said:
There's nothing wrong in following your dreams.
Will that apply to every single person? Most likely no. Still, there's no harm in encouraging people because, well, that's what people already do without those catch frases, anyway.

It's those who follow their dreams that must be aware of their own limitations.

Actually the idea that everyone is special and should thrive to his dream and exceeding is doing a lot of harm because people put a lot of expectations over themselves.

It's true that some people fantasize about their future, but those are also responsible for that.
Too much ambition is a thing.

Personally, i'm more against the idea of "you can achieve everything".

The idea of (simply) following your dreams isn't bad. The problem is when people exaggerate.



DélioPT said:
DonFerrari said:

Actually the idea that everyone is special and should thrive to his dream and exceeding is doing a lot of harm because people put a lot of expectations over themselves.

It's true that some people fantasize about their future, but those are also responsible for that.
Too much ambition is a thing.

Personally, i'm more against the idea of "you can achieve everything".

The idea of (simply) following your dreams isn't bad. The problem is when people exaggerate.

The problem is that the follow you dream mentality is exactly one of exageration used together with "against all odds".

I do agree that people have to realize their potential, improve on it and make it a spring for their personal success, but that isn't as catchy (and ill-based) than "follow your dream".

If you can't achieve everything, them a lot these dreams aren't achievable and thus for, the very "follow your dream" is also false.

As OP put, if you like something, sure go for it, do and enjoy. But don't be entrapped by "follow your dream" and aiming for the basically impossible.



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

The point is, do things that you enjoy, and don't be afraid of risks.



areason said:
The point is, do things that you enjoy, and don't be afraid of risks.

But be aware of it and accept the possible consequences.



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

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DonFerrari said:
DélioPT said:

 

The problem is that the follow you dream mentality is exactly one of exageration used together with "against all odds".

I do agree that people have to realize their potential, improve on it and make it a spring for their personal success, but that isn't as catchy (and ill-based) than "follow your dream".

If you can't achieve everything, them a lot these dreams aren't achievable and thus for, the very "follow your dream" is also false.

As OP put, if you like something, sure go for it, do and enjoy. But don't be entrapped by "follow your dream" and aiming for the basically impossible.

The "follow your dreams" mentality - as you put it - is not an exaggeration. It's just a state of mind in which you focus on something.
There are no promises in said state of mind. There no garantees. And if you fail, doesn't mean the mantra was wrong, it just means that you tried (the very purpose of such a mentaility) and did not succeed.

I agree that you shouldn't be blind to the world around you. That's why i said "It's those who follow their dreams that must be aware of their own limitations."

To me, the whole point is encouraging one self or others to go after something; to try. That's it. With full consciousness of what it implies going after something, of course.



I think you're taking things a bit out of context here, the's nothing wrong with the advice itself as it's a way of encouraging people to try their hardest many of the most successful people did just that. Following your dreams doesn't just mean getting tunnel vision on one goal like some people here are saying it's more telling people to have a certain mentality.

If your mindset is yeah but Taylor Swift was born with a good voice then of course you're going to stay down at a certain level mean while some mumble rapper whose voice is worse than your own goes on to make it rich so that argument isn't the best.



DélioPT said:
DonFerrari said:

The problem is that the follow you dream mentality is exactly one of exageration used together with "against all odds".

I do agree that people have to realize their potential, improve on it and make it a spring for their personal success, but that isn't as catchy (and ill-based) than "follow your dream".

If you can't achieve everything, them a lot these dreams aren't achievable and thus for, the very "follow your dream" is also false.

As OP put, if you like something, sure go for it, do and enjoy. But don't be entrapped by "follow your dream" and aiming for the basically impossible.

The "follow your dreams" mentality - as you put it - is not an exaggeration. It's just a state of mind in which you focus on something.
There are no promises in said state of mind. There no garantees. And if you fail, doesn't mean the mantra was wrong, it just means that you tried (the very purpose of such a mentaility) and did not succeed.

I agree that you shouldn't be blind to the world around you. That's why i said "It's those who follow their dreams that must be aware of their own limitations."

To me, the whole point is encouraging one self or others to go after something; to try. That's it. With full consciousness of what it implies going after something, of course.

Ever saw these people preaching "follow your dreams, but only if they are feasible and you have the talent to achieve it"? Nope, they usually put in a way that you just have to believe and work hard for it.



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

It annoys me a little when celebrities preach such simplistic bullshit as if pure efforts got them there, and I do believe that in most cases, luck decides your status in the petty society and how far you'll make it to achieving your dreams. But... there are "heroes" among us who stand to defy these fatalistic elements and prove that with enough effort and confidence, a miracle can be made sometimes. Those untalented/unfortunate of us who would dig out a thousand excuses to justify their mediocrity in life aren't necessarily any better than proud pretentious achievers who received their talents on a silver platter.

The people that I respect and inspire me the most are those who attempt to confront their misfortunes, and the lucky ones who acknowledge their luck and instead of opening their mouths throwing empty platitudes, would use their fortunes to help building a better and fairer environment for the communities that need it.


I've been watching some Tekken videos lately and came across this hero:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNuXW4VQpCI

I ended up with mixed feelings of admiration, hope, and... self-loathing lol.



Kyuu said:

It annoys me a little when celebrities preach such simplistic bullshit as if pure efforts got them there, and I do believe that in most cases, luck decides your status in the petty society and how far you'll make it to achieving your dreams. But... there are "heroes" among us who stand to defy these fatalistic elements and prove that with enough effort and confidence, a miracle can be made sometimes. Those untalented/unfortunate of us who would dig out a thousand excuses to justify their mediocrity in life aren't necessarily any better than proud pretentious achievers who received their talents on a silver platter.

The people that I respect and inspire me the most are those who attempt to confront their misfortunes, and the lucky ones who acknowledge their luck and instead of opening their mouths throwing empty platitudes, would use their fortunes to help building a better and fairer environment for the communities that need it.


I've been watching some Tekken videos lately and came across this hero:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNuXW4VQpCI

I ended up with mixed feelings of admiration, hope, and... self-loathing lol.

Yep I agree with the ideas of your post.



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994