Dream, Save, Do

by Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical on August 6, 2012

Make the leap of faith

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Have you ever dreamed of traveling the world, seeing exotic locations, eating unknown spicy foods from a sketchy street vendor and drinking copious amounts of tropical fruit beverages that leave you with a potent vitamin-B buzz?

Or maybe you want to be the owner of your own business, run the show instead of the show running you and make a break from your current life that leaves you tired and bitter and constantly dreaming of what things could be like.

Of course you have!  We all have dreamed something similar.

So why haven’t you done anything about it?

Maybe you haven’t had the time?  Maybe other aspects of life have taken priority?  Maybe you are scared? Or maybe if you are like me you thought you’d never have the money to do something like that.

The dreaming part is easy, the saving money part is challenging and the doing part never seems to materialize because the picture never comes together the way we think or hope it will.

A Guiding Light

That’s where the book Dream, Save, Do comes in to save the dream.  This book is your personal ass-kicking trainer who will thumb wrestle you into submission, help you better focus and define your dreams, guide you through making the financial adjustments to obtain that dream and then ever so gently show you the door that leads to the path you will follow to your forever changed life.

We all either know someone or have heard of someone who is living the dream; our dream.  We look at them with envy and wonder how they did it.  Or maybe we think they just got lucky?

Warren and Betsy Talbot are two such people who are living the dream and they wrote this book to show you in detail how they did it and how anyone can do it, including you and me.

The Book Simplified

This guide book is setup in three sections:

Dream: this section will help you focus and define your dream so you know exactly what it is you really want and how much it’s going to cost to get you there.  You might be surprised when you find out it’s not nearly as much as you expected.  The dreaming part is the fun part but the party never starts unless there are actionable steps applied.  That’s where the next two sections come into play.

Save: What’s the quickest and easiest way to amass large amounts of cash?  This section details just how to do that and shows how Warren & Betsy were able to save enough cash to fund a 5 year around the world trip.  You can do the same and you will be surprised at how quickly you are able to save.

Do: Talk is cheap.  It’s the doing that moves you forward.  This section is all about doing the things that will keep you on track, how to overcome pitfalls and bounce back stronger than ever.  By applying the principles in this section you will definitely be the envy of all your friends because you will be in transition toward a more fulfilling life.  Think caterpillar to butterfly.

Our Experience

Over a year ago we made the decision to take a sabbatical.  We made some plans and saved a bit of money and then fell flat on our faces.  For a while we were depressed and not sure how to move forward.  Things were tense.

I had always liked Warren & Betsy’s story and was a bit envious of what they were doing.  I saw that they had written this book so I picked it up.

As I started reading it I saw and realized all the mistakes we had made in the past.  It all became so clear.  But now we had the tools to overcome those mistakes and obstacles and really apply the foundations presented in the book.

So that is what we started doing.  We had become disconnected from our dream and were just going through the motions.  So we redefined our dream and wrote out the specifics.  By doing this our sabbatical dream became more realistic.  It appeared more obtainable and that made it more exciting.

Then we sat down and using the book calculated how much our new dream was going to cost.  Once we had that figure we created a budget and started using tools like Mint and Quicken to track our expenses.

It took a few months of data but we quickly identified areas that we could improve on and we did all that under the guidance of Dream, Save, Do.

We also had some setbacks.  But thanks to the book we knew how to deal with them and they didn’t snare us and bring us down like before.  What we learned is that success is primarily about how you deal with failure.  There will be failure.  How you deal with it determines which path you take.  The path to success or the other path.

Sabbatical 2.0

We are now well on our way to meeting and even exceeding our sabbatical financial goals.  Sabbatical 2.0 is within sight.  And much of that success we owe to Dream, Save, Do.

So what are you waiting for?  If you are thinking that someday you will get around to your dream then do yourself a big favor and go buy this book because someday is today.

You can purchase Dream, Save, Do on Amazon for $9.99 for Kindle.

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Gillian @OneGiantStep August 7, 2012 at 12:00 am

Yay to Sabbatical 2.0!! I knew you guys would come out kicking again! Can’t wait to hear the details. Great work guys!!
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Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical August 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Thanks Gillian! Can’t wait to share more.

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