Small Business Diva

May 2, 2008

Don’t Let the Dreamtakers Steal from You

Filed under: Small Business,Words of Wisdom & Inspiration,Work from Home — smallbusinessdiva @ 10:55 am
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Throughout life, and particularly when you’re starting out in business, there will be numerous people who try to steal your dreams. I call these people Dreamtakers. Sometimes they are cleverly disguised as people who love you and care about you. Well, maybe they’re not disguised… they really do care about you and are often only acting out of concern.

These are the people who try to tell you why you can’t do something, or they only see all the problems you may encounter.

When I was writing my first book, Ready, Set, Go For It! (the complete women’s guide to operating a small business in Australia), there was one day that I remember so clearly. I was visiting one of my relatives and one of her friends was visiting too. My relative was telling her about the book I was writing and this friend then went on to tell me how hard it is to get a book published… how everybody has that dream and most people never succeed… and how there was no way I would get mine published. She carried on for nearly an hour, asking me questions then telling me why that wouldn’t work.

I went home quite disappointed and had almost given up. My son, then aged 11, came home from school and wondered why I wasn’t tapping away on the keyboard writing the next chapter, like every other day! When I explained why, his reply was: “So how many books has this woman written?” (None). “And how long has she worked in the publishing industry?” (She doesn’t). “So why on Earth would you listen to her?” He then pointed to my desk and demanded that I get back to work. (Yeah, I sometimes wonder who the parent is too).

The Dreamtakers tried to tell me I couldn’t run a successful small business… my business is almost 10 years old and has supported us this whole time.

The Dreamtakers tried to tell me I couldn’t publish a book… my first book came out in 2004 and that was just the beginning!

Now the Dreamtakers are telling me another project I’m working on won’t work… and I thank them for their words – that’s just the incentive I need to prove them wrong, yet again.

So, next time the Dreamtakers try to steal your dreams, hold on tight. If you’re truly passionate about something, by all means listen to their advice as there may be something useful in it… but do what you believe is right for you. And if your idea doesn’t work, at least you know you tried.

Here’s an inspirational video that I thought you might like, all about dreams.

So dream on… and here’s to your success in business…




  1. I really like your use of the clips to bring home your point. This is a great read.

    Comment by Anne Maybus — May 5, 2008 @ 8:05 am | Reply

  2. This is lovely Donna-Marie …. and just what I needed to see at this point in time.

    Comment by Elena Perrotta — May 5, 2008 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

  3. PS. All the best with this next project you’re working on 🙂

    Comment by Elena Perrotta — May 5, 2008 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

  4. […] on fulfilling your dream. Donna-Marie from Jacaranda Business Support Services calls these people Dreamtakers.  She has written a wonderful post on this topic and includes an inspirational video titled Follow […]

    Pingback by EP DESIGNS » Dreamtakers — May 5, 2008 @ 11:00 pm | Reply

  5. Dreamtakers…

    The Small Business Diva recently posted a great article about Dreamtakers – people who try to steal your dreams. Her advice, If you’re truly passionate about something, by all means listen to their advice as there may be something useful…

    Trackback by Tonic Gifts — May 6, 2008 @ 9:04 pm | Reply

  6. It sounds like you have a wonderful son there who believes in you 🙂 I completely agree with your advice here.

    All the best with your next project.

    Comment by Melissa — May 7, 2008 @ 10:32 am | Reply

  7. Yes, Melissa, I do have a wonderful son (most of the time!)and I’m not biased at all! 🙂

    Elena, I’m glad this is what you needed. Stay true to yourself.

    Comment by smallbusinessdiva — May 8, 2008 @ 10:24 pm | Reply

  8. Thank you Donna Marie for this wonderful post and video. I needed that today. To be inspired and to not give up on my business but also myself in times of those comments is the reason why I have kept going.

    My son sounds similar to yours… we both should be very proud.

    Keep up the fantastic work and I know your new and future ideas will be successful because you have not given up on yourself or allowed others to bring you down.

    Comment by Fiona — May 16, 2008 @ 12:14 pm | Reply

  9. I’m glad this helped Fiona. You have built a wonderful business and I know you are passionate about your endeavours. You offer so much support and inspiration to so many others. Congratulations for staying true to yourself.

    Comment by smallbusinessdiva — May 16, 2008 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

  10. Donna Marie, what true and valuable words you use in your post. The people we care about most, and who love us unconditionally do this so often. And I suppose it is out of concern, and I do hope that I have not been guilty of this in the past. I am in the process of taking over my very own established gift store. This is following a long held dream, all my family and friends were so critical about it. But my husband stayed true to my deam and saw it with me – it is about to become a reality and we both feel sure it will be a success.

    Many thanks

    Comment by Louisa Gormley — September 17, 2008 @ 8:51 am | Reply

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