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Many individuals don’t go after their dream because they don’t think they can, should, it’s too small, or “don’t know” what it is. Are any of these holding you back?

Two inspirational videos were emailed to me: one about a dog named Ricochet and one about Rudy Ruettiger, for whom the popular movie Rudy is about. The links are available on the Resources page of my Website, and that link is in my bio. Both are worth a watch, especially if you feel life purpose- or dream-challenged.

What can you learn from a dog?

Ricochet was easy to train, and trained she was to assist a disabled person. There was just one problem: her nature was to chase birds, which meant she could never be trusted not to dash off. Her disappointed trainer decided to focus on what Ricochet COULD do. She also decided to let go of who she wanted Ricochet to be and let her BE who she is. Ricochet wasn’t able to help one individual, as originally planned—she helps thousands and inspires as many. Her life purpose turned out to be something other than was planned for her. Granted, Ricochet didn’t have a dream, but the message of her experience and outcome serves and inspires anyone who struggles to flourish as their authentic selves.

Then there’s Rudy.

Rudy had the power of a dream. Many might have considered his dream too small or insignificant—or, as in the minds of some he met along the way, “not based in reality.” We’re encouraged to dream big and be realistic, right?

You can read the rest of “How Big Does Your Dream Need to Be?” and more in this week’s newsletter now live at http://stateofappreciation.webs.com

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