Here’s a lie about your hopes and dreams: someone else has already done it, said it, made it, written it, created it, (etc.) so you shouldn’t.
So often we talk ourselves out of doing the things we desire the most because we see someone else doing something similar.
We tell ourselves: the world doesn’t need another musician, painter, programer, tech-start-up, ngo, etc. There are enough, already.
Maybe it is true. Maybe there are enough people doing something like what you want to do.
It’s true if you think about your desires and dreams only at a broad level. There are billions of people in the world and hundreds or thousands doing something like you want to do.
But you’re forgetting one important detail:
There’s no one doing it the way you would do it.
And that changes everything.
When you bring the specificity of who you are to any field or project, you discover a wealth of opportunity and space for yourself. No one else is you. No one else will do it the way that you do it.
Don’t let the fact that you’re not the only one keep you from pursuing the your dream and making your impact in the world.
Now it’s your turn: where do you get stuck when it comes to how you chase your dreams?
What are the stories you tell yourself? What are the rules you make up? What are the ways that you let yourself off the hook?