Your Dreams Are Valid

Last night Lupita Nyong’o took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in 12 Years a Slave. 

A recent Yale college graduate, 12 Years was her first role in a motion picture. Right out of the gate she hit a home run. She was eloquent in her acceptance saying in part the following: (from WonderMall)  

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Napoleon Hill


 “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. I want to salute the spirit of Patsy for her guidance,” the Kenya-born, Yale-educated actress said, paying tribute to the character she played in “12 Years a Slave” — her first movie role.

She went on to thank her co-stars and director Steve McQueen, telling him how grateful she was that he’d put her in this position. “It has been the joy of my life,” she added. “When I look down at this golden statute, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

Not all of us dream to be on the stage at the Dolby Theater receiving an Oscar, but we do all have dreams that we often allow to go on the back burner. Lupita encourages us to not only believe they are possible, but know that they are valid. defines VALID as “having some foundation; based on truth.”

When people say – oh that’s just a pipe dream or you could never really do that or that’s just a dream, you need to face reality, they are just dumping a load of manure on our goals.

Doug Rice wrote an article entitled 7 Steps to Making Your Dream Come True.  Here are the steps:

  1. Dare to dream
  2. Get a guide
  3. Leave your tower
  4. Shun Criticism
  5. Face the Ruffians
  6. Enjoy the journey
  7. Find a new dream

I think my favorite is to “leave the tower.” You have to take that first step in order to start on the journey to making your dream a reality. It can be scary.

For example – when I decided that I wanted to leave the corporate world and become an entrepreneur full time – it was a huge dream. I had a message that I felt passionately about sharing which became the first step in achieving my dream in the form of the book A Working Woman’s GPS.

As I began to get the word out, my message clearly struck a chord, but just like the next person with a dream, if I was going to make it truly a reality, I would need to leave the security of a full time job with guaranteed salary, benefits and all the bells and whistles to pursue my dream full time.

Has it been easy? Of course not. Each day is a new lesson, a new challenge but also a new opportunity. I meet amazing people all the time who inspire me to continue along my path. And if you “leave your tower” you will find the same thing.

There are people willing and able to help you achieve your dream, you just have to ask. 

Lupita’s win at the Oscars was truly inspiring and I look forward to seeing what she will do with her career as she continues to pursue her dreams for the next several decades.

Her dream is valid and so is yours – no matter where you come from or where you are today – believe in yourself and your dream and then start the process toward making it happen. 

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