Talking About Online & Offline Ambitions and Dreams

by - Thursday, November 15, 2018

I saw this post by Rebecca who runs the blog From Roses and I thought I'd put my own spin on it. Everyone who is my age or a bit older probably got asked "where do you see yourself in five years?" about a million times, whether it's from an employer, a counselor, or even a relative. Usually, I'd just give the most generic answer that you could think of, but we can't control the future, try as we might. I know my five-year plan just fell straight into the trash bin roughly six years ago.

What happens when hard work doesn't work
It never hurts to work hard, but it's very soul-crushing when it doesn't pay off. I've experienced this so many times, especially when it comes to my online endeavors and I can tell you not having something work out after you've worked so hard on it and enjoyed it is one of the things that will crush your willpower and your soul into a thousand tiny pieces. Most people who have successful online endeavors are lucky: either they started out early or they got extremely lucky and got popular very quickly, and that can be soul-crushing for someone who wants to be a Youtuber or set up an online shop like me who ends up getting no views and no purchases. Even though that doesn't necessarily spell the end of the world, it really effing stings. I've experienced this so many times that I've considered quitting the internet multiple times because of my failed endeavors, but something keeps bringing me back and that little something provokes a voice that says "don't give up".

Why I keep going
There are several reasons why I keep going despite my online failures.

  • The hope that I might one day get a sale or be skyrocketed into popularity-I know it sounds very farfetched now, but the hope that maybe someone might buy one of my digital photographs or that enough people will view my blog so as to make it more popular is one of the driving forces, but not the driving force. 
  • I'm persistent-I am as persistent as a fly who wants to land on your Christmas day pudding. I just refuse to give up just because my online endeavors ended badly because I don't want the world to know that I accept the fate it's given me. I want to keep fighting for that small chance that someone might actually buy something from my Etsy photography store or that more people will read my blog. 
  • I still enjoy it-why should you stop doing something you really enjoy? Doing something you enjoy should be continued, not stopped because of views or traffic. 
What are my online ambitions? 
I have a few things I want to achieve online. Being online can net you a career nowadays, and some of the things I would like to do in the near future are: 
  • Stream games online (on Twitch, Mixer, and Youtube)
  • Vlog on Youtube
  • Start a successful online business
  • Gain sponsorships from companies 
What are my online dreams? 
My online dreams are way different from my online ambitions but they are basically the precursor to my ambitions. 
  • Get at least one sale from my Etsy shop
  • Reach 1000 followers on all my social media platforms 
  • Get to the point where I can receive PR from companies
What are my offline ambitions? 
As well as being online, I have several offline ambitions. 
  • Graduate college either summa cum laude or magna cum laude (if you live in the UK both of these are the equivalent to having first honors) 
  • Get a good job where I can earn enough to donate to great causes 
  • Rent my first apartment 
  • Get a gaming laptop and an Xbox 
What are my offline dreams? 
I have several offline dreams as well as online ones. 
  • Date 
  • Get married 
  • Be a breadwinner
What are your ambitions, offline or online? 

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