The best time to chase your dreams


My latest TV obsession is Masterchef Australia for the simple reason that I love to see people publicly display their passions in a productive manner. These amateur chefs push themselves to try to win the coveted prize of AU$100,000, a book deal and the chance to work alongside top chefs. All in the ultimate quest to live their dream.

Adam Liaw (32), lawyer turned Masterchef Series 2.

Some have made huge sacrifices to be on the show, like Shannon Smyth (26) who quit her job and put her wedding plans on hold. Sure, she may still be young and have a long way to go, but how many of you would dare to step out of your comfort zone to chase a dream?

On the other end of the age spectrum are Peter Vickery (50) and Craig Young (43) who have also taken a leap of faith way past their “prime” to pursue their passion. Is it courageous or just crazy?

Harland David Sanders founded his franchise in his sixties.

Personally I really admire and respect anyone who goes after what they want, regardless of age, gender or social status. When it comes to chasing your dreams, it is never too soon to start, and never too late for a second chance.

What happens if you fail? Get up and try again. Failure isn’t necessarily a bad thing: there is always a lesson to be learned from every attempt.

JK Rowling's manuscript was rejected by 12 publishers. Big mistake.

What have you always wanted to do but never got around to doing? I bet that everyone has at least one dream they’ve buried, whether because of fear, complacency or sheer bad luck.

Seriously, why not give yourself a fair chance and just go for it? But make sure you give it your best shot. So write your book, start that PR business, go see Mongolia, whatever it is! It’s far better to have tried than to never know, don’t you think?

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