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  • Please raise your hand

  • if you have ever dreamed of becoming a famous footballer.

  • OK, not that many footballers in the house.

  • Please raise your hand

  • if you have ever dreamed of becoming a famous politician.

  • OK.

  • Please raise your hand

  • if you have ever dreamed of being a professional musician.

  • We have musicians in the house.

  • Keep your hands raised if you are a professional musician.

  • Very nice.

  • So, what we did just there is the perfect example

  • to illustrate how each and every one of us has or have had dreams.

  • No matter how diverse and different they are,

  • they are really important to how we live our lives.

  • So in order to make anything a reality,

  • you have to dream about it first.

  • The best things in life stem from ideas, right?

  • Humans have evolved into such an intelligent species

  • that we can manifest these ideas and create something amazing.

  • In order to succeed, you need to assess things

  • using your own unique perspective.

  • Think about things that are suited to you, personal, individual.

  • Think about your dreams as a kid.

  • I spoke to some of my friends, and I got responses like:

  • "When I was six, I wanted to be a dragon tamer."

  • Think about what makes you tick,

  • based your dreams on something you love, something that you are interested in.

  • So hopes and dreams can be absolutely anything you want them to be.

  • They don't have to be conventional;

  • don't limit them to solely careers or jobs

  • but just remember that if they are steered that way,

  • in ten years time, you might be in a job that does not even exist yet,

  • but it exercises every aspect of the dream that you're dreaming today.

  • Opportunities are like diamonds: take them when they are given to you

  • because they help shape and inspire new dreams

  • or they can develop the dreams you have already.

  • One of my favorite quotes from Walt Disney:

  • "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them."

  • Now there is something very exhilarating about having a dream so big,

  • that scares you a little bit.

  • It gives you drive, it gives you ambition, it gives you motivation.

  • something amazing that you can work towards

  • and the journey itself is so rewarding.

  • The key to starting your journey is to visualize success.

  • It's easy to work towards something if you can see yourself achieving it.

  • For this, you need passion. Lack of passion is fatal.

  • If you are passionate enough to dream in the first place,

  • it's essential to channel that power and that enthusiasm

  • into making your dreams a reality.

  • Another one of my quotes by Eleanor Roosevelt is that:

  • "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

  • We are the children of today, the leaders of tomorrow,

  • and every single one of us is powerful and strong enough

  • to pursue our dreams.

  • The results are usually very rewarding,

  • but you must remember that every coin has two sides.

  • Don't ever let failure hold you back.

  • I am just being honest now when I say that sometimes,

  • failure is going to hit you, and it will hit you really hard.

  • and it takes every ounce of strength, and determination, and courage,

  • to get right back up, and look it in the face,

  • and smile because you've learnt something,

  • and now you can only make yourself better.

  • We are all familiar with Freddie Mercury

  • as the lead vocalist from the rock band, Queen.

  • But what a lot of people don't know is that this man was born Farrokh Bulsara,

  • in a place called Zanzibar, which is now a part of Tanzania, in Africa.

  • He moved to the United Kingdom at the age of eight.

  • In fact, he studied art in this very venue in West Thames College

  • and he always used to say to his friends:

  • "I am what I am. So what?"

  • And I think what his message here is

  • no matter what background you come from, no matter what your roots are,

  • you have potential, so long as you work, and you put the hard work in.

  • From my own observations,

  • I have seen that our current generation seem to be absolutely terrified

  • at the prospect of being judged for who they are and who they want to be.

  • There is so much pressure from society

  • to strive for this unrealistic idea of perfection.

  • In the words of Lock, Stock, and Barrel rise above it and stay true to yourself.

  • You owe yourself that much to refuse to be confined

  • to these restrictions of flawed societal perceptions.

  • If not now, then when?

  • Tomorrow? Tomorrow never comes.

  • Next week? You said that last week.

  • Might make it my New Year's resolution.

  • How's that working out? Start now.

  • Now, this got me thinking about some of my own dreams.

  • I am a very keen musician. I sing and play the piano.

  • It's my dream to pursue my passion in music in the future.

  • I'm currently studying A level music.

  • I am the only student in my academy who is doing so.

  • I had to fight for that class of one.

  • I'd like to see myself one day performing somewhere really prestigious

  • like the Royal Albert Hall, or even globally,

  • and this is just a step to getting there.

  • That leads very nicely onto my next point.

  • So, the quote behind me primarily tells us to work.

  • "Take small steps if you have to.

  • If following your dreams entails

  • making small realistic goals each day, do it.

  • If you can't run, then walk.

  • If you can't walk, then crawl.

  • But, by all means, keep moving forward and never ever give up."

  • Aim high.

  • In the words of Les Brown, "Shoot for the Moon.

  • Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."

  • Today, I leave you with this message.

  • "Never be afraid to follow your dreams. Chase them, conquer them, own them.

  • believe them, achieve them, and let nothing hold you back."

  • There is such wonder and fascination in our dreams,

  • and I wish each and every one of you with all of my heart

  • that you and your beautiful dreams come true.

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

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【TEDx】Make your dreams a reality | Rasandeep Sagoo | [email protected]

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