(From left to right: Roseborn (future super model), Me (future TV media mogul), Tunisha (future producing phenom), Honorable Mention: Shanti (future billionaire business mogul)
I am trying to start two businesses as well as launch my television career, not an easy task. As I was going through the process of writing up business plans, I came to the section marked “Assets”. I started to think about my assets. Of course I thought about the money I have in my bank account, which made me cry. Then I took it a step further and thought, “What is the greatest asset a dreamer like me could have?” Many of us would think that it is monetary, so that you can financially achieve your dreams (which as we all know, is the hardest part), or serious connections. However, as I found on a visit with my great friend Shanti, the greatest asset a dreamer can have is other dreamers.
Now I am not just talking about friends. According to our Facebook accounts, we all have “friends”. However, I am talking about the truer than true friends. I’m talking about those special friends that you connect with on another level. The ones who have bigger dreams for you than you have for yourself. The ones who have big dreams and goals for themselves as well. Take my friend Shanti. She is going to be a billionaire business mogul. My other friend Roseborn is going to be the next Naomi Campbell. And another friend of mine, T, is going to be the next great television producer. They are each striving for bigger and better than anyone would ever think possible.
It’s already hard enough to come out and say, “I want to be the next…” or “I want to be better than…” without being ridiculed and told to set your sights lower, which basically means that they think pigs have a better chance of taking flight. But other dreamers get it. For example, when you say to another dreamer, “I want to be the first gay President of the United States,” what others would think is complete heresy, true dreamers congratulate you for having the courage to say it out right and then push you to succeed. Your dreams are our dreams, and the dreams of others are yours.
I always love visiting with my friend Shanti. We have the best talks about the future. We discuss my talk show and media empire, and we talk about her billion dollar companies. Our names on the doors of several buildings, and the freedom to design our own lives. What we will do with our kids that our parents weren’t able to do with us. Plus, all the trips we will be taking, either on her yacht or my jet. HA! We leave each conversation energized and ready to press forward.
The old adage is true, “You are who you surround yourself with.” Doing anything worthwhile is going to be challenging, we all know this. But having people around you who know the ups and downs, the highs and the lows, and the sheer torture it takes to achieve any dream because they are going through it themselves is a resource that cannot be replaced. They push you to push yourself further. They inspire you to dream even bigger, and they give you the peace of mind that all will be well and long as you have each other rooting for one another. One positive voice can be greater than that of the most negative of crowds.
My advice to all you dreamer chasers: find yourself a couple of true dreamers. With a little hard work and tons of stamina, you are sure to conquer the world. It won’t be lonely at the top when you have your true friends standing there with you.
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