I want you guys to succeed.

So many people seem to grow up dreaming of becoming astronauts or movie stars but end up spending much of their lives working in fast food or other often paycheck-to-paycheck situations.

According to Gitnux.org, over three and a half million Americans work in fast food.

You have a dream, and you have the means to achieve it.

We may be too ashamed to voice your dream or too “realistic” to pursue it, but your creative dreams can be more than a hobby.

A great example of this is Steven Spielberg, possibly the most successful filmmaker of all time, with a net worth of approximately $8 billion, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

As a twelve-year-old kid growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, Spielberg went to the local theater every Saturday, fascinated by such classics as Godzilla, King of the Monsters! and Lawrence of Arabia.

The young Jewish boy had big dreams!

As Spielberg says on his website, “I dream for a living.” (https://amblin.com/steven-spielberg/)

You too, my friend, can dream for a living.

At twelve years old, Spielberg started to put his dreams to work: he made a short film with a pair of his toy trains.

As a boy scout, he earned a photography merit badge by creating a nine-minute film called The Last Gunfight.

Spielberg would borrow his dad’s movie camera to create several more short films. At the age of thirteen, he filmed a 40-minute war film with his friends which won first prize in a state-wide film competition (https://www.britannica.com/topic/Escape-to-Nowhere).

Spielberg continued making films all through high school—continuing to dream, continuing to do the thing he loved most: make movies.

If there’s something you love doing, do it.

If you think you could make it a career, try it out. Just keep filming. Just keep writing. Just keep drawing. Just keep coding.

If money is an issue, ask people if they’ll donate to your dreams. The worst they could do is say “no.”

You have friends, you have parents, you have people in your life who care about you.

And you have dreams.

I believe in you.

I think you can take the initiative and do the thing you love, even if logic and money say you can’t.

And, at the end of the day, that’s how Spielberg got so successful. He continued to make movies and seize the opportunities that came his way.

When he joined a tour of Universal Studios, he hid in the bathroom until the tour bus left without him, spending the rest of the day exploring the studio’s sound stages and backlots. Eventually a man from the studio found Spielberg and was impressed by how creative and dedicated he was in pursuing his dreams.

He gave the kid a three-day pass to the premises, and when Spielberg showed up for a fourth day, they let him back in. This gave Spielberg a chance to see how real movies were made—sort of an unofficial apprenticeship.

In 1968 Universal gave Spielberg the chance to direct and release a short film for them. The studio was so impressed that they gave Spielberg a seven-year directing contract. Spielberg quit college to work full-time as a director (he later finished his BA degree for the sake of his parents and children).

Consistent work in film and television eventually led to Spielberg’s claim to fame—the horror thriller Jaws.

But that’s the principle—just do the thing you love and reach out to the people and opportunities around you.

That, coupled with prayer, luck, and hard work, is one of the biggest secrets to achieving success in your dreams.

I love creating stories—films, books, even a few (embarrassing) skits.

When I was around ten years old, my mom read us Sign of the Beaver. We watched the film adaptation shortly thereafter, and I was so disappointed I wanted to write my own.

So I, my brothers, and our mom sketched out two of our favorite scenes from the book, with lines practically word-for-word from the page.

We filmed and edited the thing (very bad quality audio and lame acting), but after that point, film was a part of my life. I analyzed movies we watched, and tried to craft my own, dragging my brothers in to act or do the camerawork.

And you know what? After over seven years of moviemaking, I haven’t made a single buck (Spielberg at least made one dollar with his first local theatrical release), I haven’t won a single prize, and honestly, haven’t even submitted to a single film festival.

But that’s okay. Because the dream burns on.

And we work on our dreams, each day we’re able, getting better little by little.

I still love creating stories—movies, books, etc. Right now, I’m an apprentice novelist, gradually growing my platform (you’re on it!), gradually honing my craft.

So you won’t see success right away. It took Spielberg years to even become a professional, let alone see breakout success.

But he kept at it, doing what he loved because he loved it.

I want you guys to succeed. And I think you can.

Start doing the thing you love, and seize the opportunities that come your way.

Ready to kindle your fantastic destiny?

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