Like I mentioned in my last post, I’m going to be in San Francisco for a few weeks. So, what is it like working on a startup in San Francisco? Well, as I write this I’m sitting in front of Twitter’s headquarters. Not in a creepy way. There’s a beautiful market across the street, and I’m sitting at the counter of my favorite juice bar, Project Juice (their Moonwalker smoothie is delicious, try it). I can see the big blue bird logo hanging behind two security guards sitting at an impressive mahogany desk.
It’s inspiring. Doesn’t anyone who starts a business wish to be as big as Twitter? To have an office in a huge building across the street from an awesome market? I do, at least.
That’s a little scary to admit. I know that saying something like that will probably make a lot of people think, well, keep dreaming! Who do you think you are? Maybe a year or two ago I would have cared. Not anymore. After you work this hard for years on a dream you can’t get out of your head, your dream will die if you don’t believe in it 120%.
So, why are we so afraid to admit our dreams?
Ask most people what their dream is, and they will lie. They’ll say I don’t know, or something that seems very attainable. I know, because I was one of those people. Up until recently, when someone would ask, what do you want to do after college? I would say something like, I’m not sure. Yeah, right. Of course I was sure. I want to be working on Springpop!
The people of San Francisco aren’t afraid to scream their dreams into the nighttime sky. Walk around the city for an hour and you’ll see countless young people wearing their startup logos on their shirts, people huddled in coffee shops sharing their slide decks with a potential investor, and nonchalantly chatting up business owners about their companies. It’s inspiring. Maybe that’s why this city is home to so many successful startups started by dreamers. They aren’t afraid to dream and, more importantly, they aren’t afraid to share their dreams with the world.
How can we change the world with our products if we’re afraid to talk about them out loud?
Whether you’re starting a business, want to be a lawyer, or dream to do something unconventional, don’t be afraid to tell people about it. Trust me, that’s the first step in the right direction.