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What do you do, if no one supports your dream? Your family members, your friends, your coworkers, no one gets on board with what you feel like you’re called to do. You explain it to them and share it with as much enthusiasm and clarity as you can possibly muster. But still, nobody is willing to support your dream.
What do you do in that moment?
I think one of the best things you can do is support somebody else’s dream. When you run into a wall of resistance or indifference from friends and family members, stop asking “How can I get them to be a fan of my dream?” and instead ask, “How can I be a fan of their dream?”
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Tell the dad who doesn’t get what you’re trying to do, “I’ve explained my dream a few times, but never asked you, what’s yours?” Tell the friend who is having a hard time understanding what you’re trying to do, “You know what I’m passionate about, but what’s something that you’re passionate about?” Tell the boyfriend who might think you’re a little crazy, “I feel like I’ve bumped into something I’m designed to do, but what about you? Is there something you feel that way about? Is there a way I can help you pursue that?”
Asking these questions might be awkward at first because nobody usually does. We tend to not take interest in other people’s hearts and hopes. We stay surface level with so many different relationships that sometimes it will feel weird to ask what someone is passionate about. But that’s OK, because there is great kindness in asking someone what their dream is.
If you want help for your dream, start by helping someone else with theirs.
If you want support for your hope, start by giving support to someone else’s hope.
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If you want encouragement as you work on your calling, start by encouraging other people.
Giving support is often the best way to get it.
Jon Acuff is the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Quitter and Stuff Christians Like. Known for his entertaining and inspiring messages, he travels the country speaking to businesses and colleges on everything from leadership and purpose to social media and life balance. He’s a regular contributor to CNN.com, Fox News Channel and ABCNews.com.