ROAD TO SUCCESS: We are a great nation. Let’s not settle for anything less than that.
ROAD TO SUCCESS: We are a great nation. Let’s not settle for anything less than that.

We've all given up on our dreams - and it's not acceptable

SO APPARENTLY we've given up on chasing our dreams.

A survey conducted earlier this week pointed out that one-third of Australian workers have basically given up on achieving what they craved most at the beginnings of their careers.

Hardly a pick-me-up, right?

But here's the real killer: apparently, if you ask them, there's simply not enough opportunity to make those dreams come true.

Sorry, what now?

Listen, I don't want to sound clichéd or, perhaps even worse, blindly patriotic here, but as far as I'm concerned, when it comes to opportunity, we've got it pretty good down under.

Our only problem is that we don't mind a good whinge.

I mean, is it really all that bad?

With the amount of second-chance courses on offer nowadays, I could become a doctor, pilot or a professional athlete if I really wanted to.

Well, maybe not an athlete. That requires athleticism.

But my point remains true!

The real depressing thought is this: if people aren't able to dream big in Australia, then where can they?

Europe seems to have our economic problems times ten at the moment.

The United States seems to have found its way back to the KKK days of power in Ferguson.

And now the World Cup is over, I'm not 100% sure anyone even has a job in Brazil, let alone dreams of getting a better one.

Australia, especially when compared to the countries around it, is a land of opportunity.

If you're going to dream, you may as well do it here.

If you're going to dream, you may as well do it here.

Besides, since when have we as a collective wanted anything but the best for ourselves?

Have we become a nation of settlers?

We "settled" for a Bledisloe Cup draw against New Zealand last week; some of us even got excited.

As a university student, I'm constantly surrounded by people who "settle" for low expense over adequate nutrition at mealtime; admittedly, my two-minute noodle-infested pantry probably makes me one of the worst offenders.

And, if we are honest, when it comes to our political state of affairs come election time, "settling" has been our only real option of late; I can almost hear our leaders' sighs of realisation as to why they were voted in.

Hmm, for a nation that was really more invaded than settled in the first place, there's an awful lot of settlement going on here.

It's time we put all this no-ambition nonsense to an end.

We should never set out to finish up level with the All Blacks in a Test Match.

We should never set out to destroy our colons with three bowls of instant Mi Goreng each day.

And we should absolutely never set out to elect a Prime Minister who seems to find new ways to torture the art of speaking in public each and every day - not that I would ever directly say that that is the situation in which we currently find ourselves.

We are a great nation. Let's not settle for anything less than that.

Do you think you've given up on your biggest dreams?

This poll ended on 26 August 2014.

Current Results

Yep, I gave up on them and just get on with life

32%

Yeah I gave up on my original dreams and it's a shame

10%

No, I've never given up

35%

Not really, but it's hard to find time

21%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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