Why Buying An Olympic Gold Medal on ebay For $19,000 Won’t Help You Achieve Your Dreams in 2014

The purpose of your dream is not in achieving the dream itself, but rather the person you become in the process of achieving it. (Tweet This | Share on Facebook | Post on LinkedIn)

All that Glitters is NOT Gold.

For $18,995 and one click it could be yours on ebay—that is, if your dream is to have an Olympic gold medal in swimming. Whether or not the dream does anything for you after you click the BUY IT NOW button—well, that’s an entirely different matter.

Some dreams can be purchased with dollars. Others can only be earned after years of training and gallons of sweat. Just ask Michael Phelps, the all-time record holder for Olympic gold medals. Winning 18 total, he understands these precious medals don’t come without intense dedication and commitment.

Compare a deserved one—obtained by strict athletic training — to securing one through an ebay auction. When you obtain an Olympic gold medal with mere money, don’t expect your life to change much.

We see this similar phenomenon with lottery winners. Rather than thanking “Skill” and “Talent,” winners can only thank “Luck” and “Chance” instead. This is why lottery winners often act like losers. Headlines swirl all over the Internet with such stories:

Why the Lottery Won’t Help You Either

Remember, money doesn’t reward you or even ruin you. Instead, it simply reveals you. Interestingly, the majority of lottery winners experience personal and professional tragedy shortly after they achieve their “dream.” The late personal growth guru Jim Rohn explains why:

“Pity the man who inherits a million dollars and who isn’t a millionaire. Here’s what would be pitiful: If your income grew and you didn’t.”

Inheriting a windfall of money might seem appealing, but unless you grow into the person worthy of that money, your shortcomings will only be magnified with more money.

Rohn often distinguished between the person who earned a million dollars and the person who inherited a million dollars. Obviously, the person who legitimately earned the money has major advantages.

“After you become a millionaire, you can give all of your money away because what’s important is not the million dollars; what’s important is the person you have become in the process of becoming a millionaire.”

These truths are relevant to our topic of Dream Jobs too.

I Will Show You the Door

In 2014, I’m going to show you how to launch your dream job and leave your day job. That’s quite easy—and it’s largely dependent upon me, and my instruction.

What’s much more difficult is for you to become the type of person worthy of your dream. That’s quite hard—and it’s largely dependent upon you, and your transformation.

You’ll feel like quitting—but don’t. If you do, you’ll only be quitting on your potential—the person you could become. Quitters feel the sting of defeat forever because they’ve placed a “cap” on their own growth. Quitters draw a line in the sand and declare their unwillingness to overcome obstacles.

I want you to be free in 2014. But, unfortunately, I can only show you the door. You’ll have to walk through it.

Sunday night I take 12 people on a deeper journey . We kick off the first Shawshank Mastermind™ Group—a component of Dream Job Bootcamp™. I’m thrilled because these aren’t the type of people sitting around buying gold medals on ebay or waiting to win the lottery. Nope. They’re becoming the type of people worthy of their Dream Job.

Are you?

The purpose of your dream is not in achieving the dream itself, but rather the person you become in the process of achieving it. (Tweet This | Share on Facebook | Post on LinkedIn)


QUESTION: What’s one thing you will do in 2014 to become the type of person worthy of your Dream Job?

(Please comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you know someone who needs to read this, please encourage them by sharing this post)

  • Last year I wrote an eBook that I give away to my blog subscribers. It’s titled, “Dare to Dream.” But if we don’t put “feet” to our dreams and keep “hands on the wheel” a dream will remain just a dream. Moving forward this year, setting specific goals for my writing, and planning to take my dream to the next step.

    • Sounds awesome Joan! I am so proud of you. Please post the link to your ebook below. I’d love to check it out.

      • Kary – here’s the link: http://www.joanhallwrites.com/free-book/ One of my planned projects is a follow-up book.

        • Oh….I love that Joan. It looks awesome. I see you are a Texas Ranger fan too. Very cool. Hope you can join us for a Dream Job Bootcamp™ in March. And let me know when I can promo your follow-up book.

          • Yes, Kary I love those Rangers! Thanks for the info on Bootcamp. I’ll check into it more. As for the book, it’s in the planning/idea stage right now, but I’ll keep you posted. Thanks!

          • All good about the book. Me? I am a Packer fan. And they just won. Enjoyed watching it with my son.

  • Guess what Kary? I’m on my way… Book done and printer’s copy in the mail to me for review. Give-away work book in the works. Coaching program under development. Blog migrated to self-hosted site. As Joan puts it, my feet are on my dreams and hands on the wheel. Thanks for your continued support and ‘kick in the pants’.

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