A few weeks ago, I realized something surprising.

This year marks my 16th year as a professional writer.

I stared getting paid full time to write in the spring of 1998. I am so old! That’s a crazy stat to me, but what’s crazier is the idea that there’s a magical shortcut to a dream.

There is, there are shorter ways to get to dreams, just not the ones that matter.

The simple truth is that big dreams take big time.

Will you have moments where life speeds up and you get vaulted into a great opportunity? Definitely, but you’ll have a 1,000 slow moments for every quick one. Don’t fight the process or feel like a failure if your dream takes time.

The best ones always do.