Dream Big – Why Your Dreams Matter

Back when I was at the peak of focus on building my personal portfolio, I drew this image (and no, I didn’t draw it when I was 3 years old).

Chris Gray's illustration of what he wanted to do

If you’ve seen me present at a live event, or completed my online course Build Your Property Empire, you’ve probably seen it before and heard me talk about it.

You see, when I was young, I never wanted to be confined to a typical nine-to-five grind. I dreamt of driving fast cars, traveling the world, and having the freedom to live life on my own terms.

I never really cared about owning private jets, a garage full of supercars, or even my own home. I just wanted to be able to do what I wanted, with whom I wanted, when I wanted.

Note: I don’t have full ownership of a boat, or the supercars I drive these days and I don’t even own the house in which I live because when you think like a contrarian, you realise you can live like a multimillionaire, without actually being one. I even wrote a book about it that you can download here.

I purchased my first property because my mum gave me a midnight curfew – and I didn’t like it. I quickly realised that by renting out rooms to my mates, I could effectively live for free and live in a far nicer house that I could normally afford to buy.

Over the coming years in my 20’s, I worked a full time job, did accounting 4 or 5 nights a week in central London, then studied on weekends, purchased properties and did some renovations as well.

In the grind, it would have been so easy to lose sight of the bigger picture.

That’s when I drew the image above:

  • I wanted to be on TV
  • I eventually wanted a wife and some kids
  • I wanted to drive amazing cars and sail on million dollar yachts
  • I wanted to take holidays whenever I wanted

But most importantly, I knew investing in property and leveraging my money was going to be able to let me do that and those are all the little red houses.

And to prove to you that it can happen:

I know I’ve worked towards all of this my whole life (and yes, at times it was very difficult and extremely successful), though it’s hard to still comprehend that I’ve been able to do it all through property investing.

Investing in property doesn’t have to be your vehicle though. There are countless other ways to set up your future. Most people just use “choice” as an “excuse” as to why they never do anything at all. Don’t be that person.

Then there’s others who will constantly try to cut you down to “reality” and tell you it can’t be done, or why people like me were simply “lucky”. I just chose not to listen to them.

It’s up to you who you want to listen to.

So do you have a drawing? A list of goals? A bucket list? A dream board? Something else?

Visualise Your Dream Life

Take some time to imagine what your ideal life looks like:

  • What would you be doing?
  • How would you spend your time?
  • Who would you most like to spend it with?

It doesn’t have to mean you become a billionaire. Most people don’t even understand how little money they actually need to live the lifestyle they dream about. They just think it’s too far out of reach because they’ve never really run the numbers.

Draw Your Dream

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be Picasso (or even as skillful as me). Grab some paper and draw a picture of your dream life. Use colors and be creative. This exercise can help you solidify your vision and make it more tangible.

If you don’t want to draw, write out a list, or gather some pictures of what you want to be, do or have. Just do something.

Stay Committed

Having a clear reason or passion behind your goal is crucial. Whether it’s the fear of missing out on experiences or the desire for a particular car or house, your motivation will drive you to achieve your dreams.

Without a clear dream, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind of paying bills and keeping your head above water. But when you have a vivid picture of what you want to achieve, you’re more likely to make it happen. And trust me, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing your dreams come to life.

Whenever you feel doubt or uncertainty creep in, just pull out your drawing, list or image and remind yourself why you are doing it again. If you don’t feel a spark, maybe it’s time to revisit your reasons.

My hope is that this story inspires at least one of you reading to take action.

If you are brave enough to share your drawing (or dream board, or whatever it is you decide to create), book a time to chat and I’d love to see it!

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