Common Mistakes: Giving Up Too Soon

As I said before, I have been guilty (too many times) of having a dream and giving up way too soon. For example, the dream of opening up Preston Bailey stores in many cities.

These are the main reasons why I gave up:

  • I kept comparing my beginner’s efforts with others that were more advanced.
  • I wanted my efforts to be perfect.
  • The belief that I’ll never make enough money following this dream.
  • I wanted fame and recognition. (Not a bad thing, however, be careful of making this your main goal.)

I call these reasons my dream killers.

In order to make any dream remotely possible one needs to embrace the following:

  • Stumbling needs to be a part of it. You might have two steps forward and one step backward.
  • Mistakes are completely normal and even expected.
  • Progress, not perfection should be your aim.

  • Awareness of your friends, family or even colleagues who will discourage you.

Big dreams are nothing more than your soul trying to come alive. It’s more like a hunger–if you do not feed it you may starve. But first we need to start by keeping our spiritual eyes open.

Remember these four things:

  1. Be alert and open to encouragement from unexpected places.
  2. Being creative is your God given right. It’s up to you to allow it to flow.
  3. There is more than enough for everyone, even for you.
  4. As we connect with our divine creative side, many great and powerful changes should be expected.

This concludes my week’s view on “dreaming big.” I encourage you all to get a book that changed my life and still use as a reference. This is Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. Julia gives you very practical steps on how to make your dreams a reality.

Just one last question on this subject. What is the one obstacle keeping you from keeping your dream active?

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  • karen


    It means so much that you are so honest and forthcoming on your blog. I find that you have often posted something that resonates personally with me. I am living my dreams but it’s hard work, thankfully not a fraid of a little sweat equity.

    Thanks again for the words!


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  • http://YOURWEBSITE Alida

    The fear that I will ultimately fail. That in the end I will fall on my face in front of family and friends and that the efforts would have been in vain. The fear is enough to constantly slow down my efforts. It’s stupid really…but the pressures of those going the regular, accepted path around me don’t help. Thank you for the post. :)

  • Events of Joy

    Needed to hear this today!

    This is why you are the best!

    Thank you. Thank you.

  • Jonathan bates

    Yet another great post! I have a magnet I picked up from “Whole Foods” a few years ago that says — “never, never, never, up!” I read it everyday.

  • Tricia

    Preston, thank you for your honesty. Too often we get wrapped up in our fears of “what will they think of me?!” instead of facing ourselves head on and going forth. It is inspiring to see you living your life honestly and freely, balancing what you are learning with work and play. You are an inspiration!!
    All the best,

  • Felicia Gantar

    My obstacle for keeping my dream alive is being able to express my artistic side, I do feel like I am stuck in a same mode. I need constructive criticism. I don’t crave fame, I like where I live but I know there is better opportunity than what I am doing now. I just can’t seem to find that right stepping stone to get to the next step. The wheels are spinning in the mud. I have no bouncing board…husband does electrical and the rest of my family is in real estate.
    Thank you for reminding me to keep plugging away, just hope I am doing it in the right direction.

  • http://YOURWEBSITE Jessy

    What you wrote is my new daily meditation. My partner coincidentally bought the book earlier today. I love your blog, and what you say is very inspiring, you are an artist in every sense of the word. Thanks for this, so much!

  • Johari A. Barnes

    Many people both in life and business give up too soon due to fear, negativity from those close to us, or lack of clarity. Let fear be your motivation, tune out the negativity, and list, organize, and research the goal and claim your dream. Each of us needs to spend time with ourselves reminding ourselves of what is important – our happiness and that of our family. It is ok to Dream the impossible dream as dreams initiate progress.

  • Tamara Dayes

    Mr. Bailey thank you so much for your daily encouragements, inspirations, and advice. Thanks for being REAL and putting it all out there. As a newbie to the industry, and a huge fan of yours, it encourages me daily when I read your posts. I’m in the first stages of my business and I have thought of giving up so many times because I too have this habit of comparing myself to the pros. This business is also a baby of mine and is a sore thumb with some family members who feel I should just return to the working world full time and use my college degrees. I have that fear of failing and having to listen t the “I told you so.” I tend to forget at times that we have to first creep before we walk. When I look at and read your struggles, then compare it to where you are now, it gives me hope that, even though I may stumble, and things may be slow right now, as long as I persevere and keep my dreams in sight I can make it. Thanks again and be blessed.

  • http://YOURWEBSITE Gela

    I love this…… especially as it’s come literally at the time i needed encouragement. I’m planning an event in 2 weeks…. and the venue have ripped out the stage without warning and we may not have it back in time.
    Everything’s been planned and as a spiritual person myself i’ve prayed for a solution but still haven’t felt encouraged …..until i read this. Thank u for being on point and at the right time!


    Dream big means a lot as it keeps me alive inside as you rightly said that it is nothing more than keeping your soul alive. It evolves connecting to your inner self and keeping up with spirituality. My problem is besides all is the time as I feel that gone time will never be back again.

  • S A

    I recently found this website and I am already feeling the benefits. At this very moment, I am typing at a desk, sitting in a chair, looking at a new flat screen desktop. I am in a beautiful apartment and all by bills are paid for me… It sounds great but the problem is that TIME is running out! All this could disappear if my event planning business does not start seeing some UP trends. I recently graduated and instead of going out to get a job in corporate America, I took my own money and slowly poured it into my company. I’ve spend countless hours working and marketing…but how far must I go?
    My supporter ( my father) is heavily hinting that I need to be getting a “serious” job. But, I don’t want to give up so easily…