So how are stripping and woodworking the same? They aren’t. I just thought it was a catchy title, and it amused me.
If you’ve seen the movie, you know that Mike is a stripper with bad credit, and despite having saved a lot of sweaty dollar bills, he is unable to obtain a bank loan to help him realize his dream of opening a custom furniture business. Welcome to the real world, Mike. A business plan involving a custom furniture company isn’t bank-friendly, even if you have good credit.
“Magic Mike” got me thinking - not about stripping, but about dreams.
Sometimes those of us who are living our dreams tend to forget, as we get bogged down in the daily grind, that we are living someone’s dream and that dream is ours.
While Ryan didn’t necessarily dream of being a furniture designer/manufacturer when he was a kid, he did dream about owning his own business, and in 2004, he made it happen.
I did dream about becoming a writer when I was younger, but I put those dreams in the box marked “Not Possible” and attempted to follow a path that seemed more sensible.
Today, as the founder of HeidiTown.com and a full-time freelance writer, I’m definitely "living the dream."
Ultimately, I think this has been part of what has kept Ryan and I focused during tough times. We ARE living out our dream, but it hasn’t been an easy path. No one has thrown money at us just for looking cute. Making a dream come to fruition isn’t a cake walk, as Magic Mike may have found out now that he’s left stripping.
I am reminded of this quote I recently saw:
“Some people follow their dreams. Other people hunt them down and beat them mercilessly into submission.” –Neil Kendall
Ryan and I are definitely hunters.
What dream will you beat into submission?
Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is the co-owner of Ryan Schlaefer Fine Furniture. She is also a full-time freelance writer and founder of HeidiTown.com.