http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-speaker-stage-rear-view-businesswoman-standing-lights-image44136964The first part of the title got your attention, didn’t it?! If for no other reason, you probably thought it was odd that I was writing about Justin Bieber. If you know who he is, and you are a guy, or over the age of 18, you may have already stopped reading (and that means I need to re-work my attention-getting strategies). If you don’t know who he is, then you either don’t keep up with pop music, you don’t know a young girl, or you live under a rock.  But don’t worry. This blog isn’t really about Justin Bieber.

It’s about what he represents.

For those of you who don’t know this young man (and are still reading), he is a pop singer who basically got discovered on You Tube and pretty much became an overnight sensation. After only a few short years, he is now a teen idol and an international phenomenon.

There are other such success stories, and we hear about them in the media…a lot. And this really stinks for average people. It sets the expectation that if your dream hasn’t come true in 6 months, then you are a loser and you might as well give up.

Well, here are 3 tips to keep in mind:

1. Don’t give up!!

Most dreams don’t come true overnight. I’ll use myself as an example. I have always had a deep desire to be a positive influence on the world, and to have my messages reach a large audience. Sure, I would love to be the next Oprah. But is it realistic? Maybe. Okay, probably not. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t still have my message reach a large audience in a different way.

Another dream I had was to be an expert on a TV show like the Today Show. Well, about ten years after that dream was born, it came true in a smaller way. I have since become a regular expert on the TV show Living Dayton (not exactly like Matt Lauer interviewing me in New York, but hey, it’s a start).

And since then, I have become the Editor of ABetterMeMagazine.com where I’m going to be the host of ‘A Better Me TV,’ a web talk show and the podcast ‘A Walk On The WOO Side.’ Other super cool opportunities have come way too too – like being expert for eHow.com and Inspiyr.com. The most exciting part is my messages have the potential to reach so many people. Hey, I may not be Oprah yet, but I am still so excited!!

Trust me, none of this happened overnight. It was a process. But guess what? My dreams are slowly coming true.

2. Allow yourself to be a beginner.

Everyone would love to start out at the top (like Justin Bieber LOL). Even I am guilty of this (hence, my desire to be Oprah *ahem*). But you can’t start your career becoming the CEO of Apple, Microsoft, Ford, Google, or any other big company. You have to work your way to the top. Even if you’re starting your own business, you won’t have customers banging down your door the first day that you put your ‘open for business’ sign on the door (or your virtual door if it’s an online business). You have to take a series of steps in order to grow. And it starts with the baby steps. Some people go through those steps faster than others, but don’t worry about speed. Any progress is better than no progress. So don’t get frustrated by your ‘beginner’ status. Everyone was a beginner at one time – even Oprah.

3. Know that your dream will come true someday.

I don’t care if you’re 10, 25, 50, 85 or 100 years old. You can still make progress towards your dreams. It might not be in the form your originally thought or hoped it would be, but you can still do it! As long as you are still breathing, you still have the time to do something.

So, I ask you…what is your dream? Maybe you don’t even remember. I challenge you to take some time to rediscover it, or even discover a new one. We all make our mark on the world in some way. Make sure you leave a good one. And don’t get discouraged.

I hope I have inspired you to DREAM BIG this week! Now, go out and conquer the world! 🙂

CarolThank you to Dr.Carol Morgan for being our guest contributor this week. Dr.Carol is the Editor of a Better Me Magazine.  She has a Ph.D. in communication and is a professor at Wright State University.  But she also wears many other hats. Here are some of those hats: Host of  ‘A Walk On the WOO Side’ radio show on BrianSpeak Radio, motivational expert for the ‘Living Dayton’ TV show, eHow.com video expert, columnist for BrainSpeak Magazine, and an expert writer for various motivational outlets including The Huffington Post. She is also the author of several books.