Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big


Hi guys!

Today I want to talk to you about a quote that means a lot to me. When you read the title of this post, did it strike you?

“Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.”

People can tell you whatever they want, but the truth is, the one person, and the only person in charge of determining your destiny…is YOU. No seriously. What someone else says to you does not matter. If there are negative people in your life, leave them behind because they serve no purpose in contributing to your happiness and your dreams. I’ve found this to be so helpful in my own life. If I don’t like the way someone is treating me, I immediately take myself out of the situation. I honestly think that in this world, we all need to treat one another with kindness and respect because at the end of the day you’ve got to remember that we’re not just “doing” business to get things done…we’re working with other human beings as a team to create amazing things. Surround yourself with people that inspire you to be a better you. Rid your life of jealousy and replace it with an open mind ready to learn.

As for making your own dreams comes true…why is it that so many times we feel sad, wallowing in our hopelessness, waiting for the next big thing to happen?

A lot of people want to achieve their dreams and be “successful”. But you know what separates a successful individual from the everyday person? It’s saying you want to do something…and actually DOING IT. Sure it may be scary, but if you believe in yourself, there is actually very little risk. Why? Because your self-belief is your best asset. And if you’re not gonna believe in yourself, who will!!?? If you fail, you learn. Learn to do it right the next time. When you succeed, no one is going to pin you down for how many times you fell down getting there. The only thing that matters is that you got there. And you know what!? Even if it takes a while with trial and error, you’ll know the road so well that you can help mentor anyone else from making the same mistakes you did. Every part of your journey counts.

In just a few weeks, I will be back in Boston where my life really took some crazy turns. Started at my first corporate job out of college and thought I had really made it. A couple months in, I was feeling like I didn’t belong…like I wasn’t made for this…like everyone hated me. My boss and assistant boss (is that what you call it?) even made fun of my YouTube channel. They said, “Oh isn’t that cute? She has fans.” Oy. But I didn’t let it break me down. This is how I applied the above rules to carve out my own destiny.

RULE #1: Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.

RULE #2: Delete negative people out of your life so that you can grow stronger and happier.

RULE #3: Believe in yourself to the max. Know that everything will work out.

RULE #4: Don’t wait. Just do. Work hard. Be grateful.

RULE #5: Let it happen.

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Don’t wait. Don’t expect. Just live your best every single day.

And that, POPsters, is how you make your dreams come true. You are a talented, strong, and beautiful person. Give yourself the chance to succeed and when opportunity comes knockin’, well, OPEN THE DOOR!!

I hope this post inspires you in a multitude of ways to live to your fullest.  Whether it is to lose weight, pursue a dream career, or leave an unhappy relationship…believe that everything will be just fine :)

Love you! Happy October! Here’s to a new month to achieve new goals! Here is your workout of the day for Thursday!

<3 Cassey


  • y3shuA imMANu3l

    Judges 13:18 ?[13×2]•26 ?
    And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is beyond your comprehension?

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  • Anouk

    Sometimes I let what others say get to me more then it really should, especially my mum. I know that she means well but sometimes she doesnt know how much her opinion means to me and overruling she can be, she is a very dominent person and there is nothing wrong with that but since I have a strong will myself and not yet as strong as I preffer it to be I sometimes let what she says to me get to my head. However, lately she started to learn to trust my choices more and she even allowed me to have a dog. A dog of her choice but its still a dog and I am happy with it because I can choose the dog myself and give it a name and take care of it. But even though I am very excited about this I am still a little scared because she often shares all her doubts with me and I find them quite negative, its tough to change my way of thinking but convincing her to become more positive is close to mission impossible! Close, but not so close that I wont be able to do that. Anyhow, to end this message before it gets to long for anyone to read, the reason why I wanted a dog is because they are men’s best friend and I need a companion, animals have always inspired and loved me more that humans has ever shown me. And I am glad that I am able to share my love with such a wonderful soul and give him all my friendship. (This may sound creepy but all the animal lovers out there know what I am talking about)

  • MiinaMarie

    oh cassie :)
    what are your thoughts on ‘taking steps, doing it now…” all that stuff, but trying to prep for them first. (Like work, save up, try to make contacts to move to a nw location, etc )
    I know it’s a smart idea if it’s all part of the plan, but I have been pretty much doing that for a year(ish) now and though I still plan to go through with it, I think I’m going to give myself a cut off time, because there’s only so much planning you can do when you don’t really know what’s going to happen…all you can do is be as prepared as you can be and stay open to new ideas. I feel mostly prepared, but it’s the tangible stuff that holds me back…I guess I kind of answered my own question…I already knew the answer going into this and I’d assume you’d say something similar…(you can only prep so much – go for it!)
    Now I guess it’s trying to feel happy everyday going a job i hate (knowing that I plan to leave at the end of the year) but still having to go, and trudge and be tired and still unsure of everything…it’s really tiring and disheartening you know…even when I should be excited about what good things could happen when I take my leap of faith, you know….anyway…I’m rambling now – I guess I just wish I could figure it all out.
    Thanks for always being super awesome cassie. and you too fellow popsters :)

  • Abi

    What if someone, like your dad, tells you that your dreams are wrong? What about when they tell you that you’re being obsessive for trying to organize the overwhelming into little, manageable peices? What about those times you’re afraid he’s right, and you end up with no motivation to do something that is maybe, possibly, probably wrong? What are you supposed to do when you’ve been silent about it for months?

    • MiinaMarie

      then you say Dad, this is my life. You may have helped conceive me, but now I’m here and I’m another human being on this planet – whether or not we’re related. You’re parents likely didn’t make every choice for you in your life (and if they did, I feel bad for what you’ve missed out on) I bet they wanted you to be happy and be the best you that you could be! You don’t have to like what I’m doing, but know that it’s what I want and I’m willing to work hard for it and it will make me happy, and that counts.
      ** this is a good point especially if your/whomever’s parents aren’t from north america. There’s a lot more opportunity or ideas being spread and options all that – here, that some parents/grand parents from other parts of the world may find a little unsettling or untraditional. Some families embrace it because “why else would you move to a place like this, if you wanted/expected it to be like it was at home?”
      The only other advice I can give is, and this is likely not the case I think on these boards, but because I don’t know – possibly consider your Dad’s view from his view. Why he’s saying what he’s saying. In that, if your goal is to be 70 pounds soaking wet, or build your own space craft and take off from your backyard (although…) …he may not be crazy after all…but if it’s about following your dreams or achieving what you want that may not seem attainable or even a good idea to others, than he’s just another obstacle to overcome on YOUR journey, hopefully without much heartache.
      Good luck :)

  • It is funny how you are thinking about things, then they just come into your life. Right now I am writing a series on my blog about Goals, and I just got done with a post about dreaming big…the topic is fresh on my mind. I am passionate about what you said. You are your own greatest asset. What others say really does not matter. You have to believe yourself, and you will be great.
    Thanks for the post!

  • I love this! I’ve posted this to our facebook page ( I think I’ll make this my daily mantra!

    Most of us never reach for our dreams because of fear of what others may think. And sometimes people disappoint you when you share them. The laughing isn’t the worst sometimes, it’s the speed round of condescending questions that I hate. Your post reminds me to keep pushing!

    Oh and gratitude (#4). I’m grateful for being unique, conquering my fears and going for it!

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  • Chloe

    Thanks Cassey!!! You gave me the motivation to keep pushing for my goals and now I believe that everything will work out in the end. I am not just going to “try” and succeed; I am going to make it happen. There have been too many times I brought myself down and drowned in misery, when I could have gotten up and told myself that to work harder and do my best before giving up. Now I know that I cannot give up so easily! Thank you so much for your positive words!!!

  • Bell

    Thank you so, so so much for this post. The timing couldn’t have been better for me. I’m writing the LSAT on Saturday morning and I’ve been freaking out about my chances of getting into the school that I want for the last few days. Thank you for helping me realize that I have worked hard, and it will work out, and I just need to tell that tiny panicked voice in my head to shut up because I’VE GOT THIS.

    On a related note, can’t wait for Sunday when I can finally start Abtober – studying has kinda gotten in the way. But it will be worth it. Thanks Cassey!

  • Kathleen

    You are amazing. That is all!

  • Joy

    Thanks Cassey for this very inspiring post :)

  • Eva

    Wow, wow, wow, Cassey……. This was SO on point today you cannot even imagine. Today, I came to the realization of what actually is MY dream career, and it seems such a big dream and so far away but I believe I can do it. This was the cherry on top. Thank you, you continue to be an inspiration :)

  • Blessing

    thank you Cassey for posting that!! i have been lagging behind and procrastinating waiting for something to happen but now i’m hyped i ‘m ready to do this Cassey! and I hope all of you popsters are too! KEEP GOING POPSTERS DON’T GIVE UP! WE BELIEVE IN YOU!

  • Rachel

    Love it Cassey. Thank you for helping me to follow my dreams. BTW Oct. 25-31 is national vegan week!

  • s6milerun

    Cassey! You’re so great! I’m an older woman, but I know that there are so many naysayers out there who are filled with hate and jealousy eager to bring down other people with them. It’s messages like yours that help younger women remember to act on a healthy lifestyle so that they may thrive.