Anyone Can Chase Their Dreams

Posted on March 12th, 2013 by Kimanzi

When I talk to people about chasing their dreams or making big changes in their life, there’s one phrase that I hear more than anything: “I can’t chase my dreams because…………………” After this phrase there are many, many reasons why it’s now possible.

Look, I get it, I have been there and said that. However, I think we under-estimate the power of research, a good plan and taking small steps. You can make these big changes in your life, they just won’t happen overnight like we want them to.

I have proof for you today! I had the privilege to interview an amazing man who is chasing his dreams even though he is already RETIRED! Yep, you heard me right, he’s already going through the “rat race” and instead of playing golf all day, he’s chasing his dream of writing.

He has taken a huge step and published his first book, but you’ll hear about it in this interview:

First, you can find author Ernie Wenk at his website . He has a great blog and is a wonderful writer. Next, check out his first book, which you can find on Smashwords here. Ernie was kind enough to send me a copy and I’m really enjoying reading the book, it’s right up my alley! It’s very well written.

You can also connect with Ernie on Facebook here.

How about you?

I know life can be rough sometimes or feel like it all the time, right? I get that but life is short, really short if you think about it. We only get one life and before you can even look up it’s gone.

Now I’m not trying to scare you but after having my father die last year unexpectedly I WAS scared. I would rather die knowing I tried to chase my dream then die knowing I didn’t try because I was too busy watching TV.

I hope and pray that you have started chasing a dream or making a major life change this year, that’s my goal in writing, to help inspire that change. Just keep your eye on the prize and take it one step at a time.

Before you know it, you’ll look up and you’ll be living out your dream, just like Ernie!

So be honest: Have you ever made an excuse to not change something you know or wanted to change?


  • I think people make excuses all the time based on fear. I tend sometimes not to make large excuses (such as “I can’t EVER do that) but more short-term excuses like “I’ll do that later.” Procrastination ends up being the same as an excuse.
    I loved Ernie’s encouraging words after he talked about dealing with rejection from so many publishers and agents.

    • That is such a good point Loren and I’m a little jealous I didn’t include it in the post! Ernie is a very inspiring person, thanks for viewing!

  • DS

    Definitely have made excuses. I’m not good enough, I don’t have enough time, I don’t have the money. The time one is the easiest, and most commonly used one I’m aware of. We’re all busy – so we have to choose to make it a priority. Good stuff Kimanzi.

  • Yes I have made numerous excuses because the feeling hits you and you feel either inadequate or you feel afraid that you just can’t do it. However, the most successful face the fear and do it anyway. This was a great interview.

    • Thanks Lincoln and thanks for your honesty here, I know you’re pushing forward!

  • We all are at one point or another πŸ™‚

  • Ernie Wenk

    Very nice buddy. Thanks

  • I’ve been in the boat of making excuses. I’m trying to get out and have gotten out on occasion but tend to get back in the boat.

    One area I’ve been great at changing though has been my weight. I’ve been able to kick the excuses and lose upwards of 40 lbs and kept most of it off.

  • Your time becomes your own when you’re retired. If you can’t do what you want when you’re retired, when can you? That’s rhetorical, of course.

    • I think a lot of people who be happy coasting in retirement. I like how Ernie is pushing forward with his dream.

      • Dagny

        But it IS the “dream” of a LOT of people to play golf all day when they retire. My parents live in a country club community filled with people who do just that. They’re not “coasting,” they earned it.

  • Of course I’ve made excuses! But excuses won’t get you anywhere and I refuse to be the same person today that I was yesterday. I have a choice to make…stay stagnant or take chances.
    I think I’ll take chances!

    Great interview!

  • Yes I have. So often it comes out in “debate” or “argument” form. It’s so sad when we actually manage to convince ourselves out of something we know we want or need :). I am intentionally applying myself towards my goals and dreams though, taking intentional steps.

    • Those are great action steps and I can’t wait to see you crush it!

  • Great interview Kimanzi and Ernie; both of you are a class act. In reference to your question, YES, and more often than I would like to admit. It’s easy to build up a small self-objection into a giant monster. I’ve found it easiest to tackle up front and change readily when change pushes you in the right direction, expecting success the entire way. Yoda said it best – “Do not try, only do”.

  • Great interview. Ernie is a cool guy!

  • DS

    Thanks for sharing a real story, and appreciate the attitude Ernie showcased during the conversation. Who knew boogie boarding and the beach could do so much for writing!