In the Early stages of life, dreaming is inevitable; almost everyone in their childhood has something they want to be in life as well as the kind of life they would want to lead. At that point in time, it appears as though the dreams will come to pass without a proper guideline on how the dreams or goals set to be achieved then will come to pass. Dreaming of success or a great future may proceed to adulthood and in this case, dreamers know exactly what they want to achieve, be it owning a Lamborghini or living in the most expensive mansion. Unfortunately, these dreams in most instances never come to pass. Practical decision-makers may have been dreamers in childhood but as they grow up hard realities get them in line. Such people make decisions based on realities, they also work towards their futures based on the practicalities of life, if one line of thought seems to lead them nowhere they change course.
Every person wishes to be successful and wealthy and tend to take different routes to get there or do nothing at all. Dreamers may remain dreaming all their lives or take action and be successful, practical decision makers may lack a dream but navigate life following realistic aspects of their lives and may eventually succeed or stagnate for having feared to dream. On that regard the thesis seeks to bring out a clear understanding of the two life perspectives hence raises the question of whether being a dreamer is much more important than making practical decisions.
Dreams are impractical by nature making dreamers unrealistic. Dreamers, however, have visions; they have their futures all figured out yet remain utterly vulnerable to embarrassing themselves when their dreams never come to pass or when they fail to achieve what their dreams had anticipated. Life without focus seems meaningless to dreamers, they, therefore, develop tunnel vision to shut out those who doubt their decisions, those with a thirst to see their dreams crumble (Seymour and Sutherland 2). Such individuals in a real sense have the power to make it in life since their dreams can drive them into convincing individuals along the same path to partner with them along their course of action. Dreamers believe in themselves, they believe that they have the ability to change the world not because they can at that time but because they truly believe they can do so (Seymour and Sutherland 2). Dreamers have brilliant innovative ideas that if put to action can change the way things are done hence success. In addition to that, being a dreamer implies being zealous in life, zealousness fuels dreamers into following their dreams. Dreaming has also been linked with the distraction of negative events encountered in life, negative situations often weigh us down but for dreamers, this is not the case since they often choose to have their minds set on their dreams instead of dwelling on negative life events (Seymour and Sutherland 2). Despite the fact that being a dreamer appears appealing, there is some danger to it. Dreaming without taking action is detrimental, one can have the best dreams and goals set for a better life but end up a failure since they ignored advice, failed to actually work on the dreams, or ignore life’s realities. In many instances life events whether positive or negative shape us and influence the direction that life takes hence accomplishment of life goals. Considering the fact that majority of the dreamers are ignorant of this aspect of life, they often remain just dreamers with nothing to show for it having transited through life from childhood to adulthood with intent to succeed but with no success at all (Seymour and Sutherland 3). They make decisions without thinking of its consequences, if they wanted a car, for instance, they would go ahead and purchase their dream cars, the best in the market without thinking about how that could affect their finances or future investments. They are go-getters without fear of risk or consequence provided their goals are attained.
Practical Decision Makers
Practical decision makers, on the contrary, are realistic. Despite the fact that they grow up with dreams, this group of individuals only make decisions based on how practical or rather how realistically beneficial the decision is to them (Seymour and Sutherland 4). They are the reason behind tangibility of ideas as they focus on goals, objectives or projects at their disposal with a cautiously drawn out plan on how they will execute. It is impossible for them to sit or lie in bed all day fantasizing of what could be, imagining a bright future or worrying about issues, they instead take actions then way its eventualities. Life is shaped by decisions and actions on that regard, practical decision-makers are aware that being practical is the only means of survival hence detest being delusional and sitting on an idea without actually putting it to practice (Seymour and Sutherland 4). They are often on a fact-finding mission seeking to find out ways in which they can accomplish tasks, unlike dreamers who appear to be waiting for manna from heaven. Simply put, making practical decisions has a lot to do with evaluation of situations prior to action based on life events, how applicable the action is, being aware of the risks that could accompany the decision or action as well as making the decisions or taking actions after thorough analysis and with a rational mind (Seymour and Sutherland 4). If one wants to buy a car for instance simply because all friends and peers have one. Making a practical decision implies questioning its practicality: will it, for instance, add value to life at that time? Are the finances enough to purchase a car as well as finance other important needs? What are the advantages and disadvantages of buying the car to you and your current life situation? This is an indication that practical decision makers value the importance of not living beyond one’s means.
Success never comes on a silver platter, sweat and hard work must come into play, which is only possible when the right decisions are made and the right course of action taken. Dreamers are strong believers of success with visions on their future lives and accomplishments. They not only go through life with the notion that their dreams will come to pass but put little or no effort to make it happen. If they take action, in many instances their decisions are not rationally made but are instead driven by a means to an end with total disregard to the action’s consequences. Practical decision makers, on the other hand, notice an opportunity, clearly analyze it then make a decision or take action based on their situation at the time or the practicality of the idea or project at hand. Unlike dreamers, practical decision makers do not dive into actions blindly which has made the majority of them successful. Success is a step by step process requiring rationality, on that regard, it is more important to be a practical decision maker instead of being a dreamer.
Seymour, John, and Will Sutherland. The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency: The classic
guide for realists and dreamers. London: Dorling Kindersley, 2003.