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dreamersThough it’s nearly impossible to sum up the feeling of spending a weekend with 100 of the most gifted and ambitious high school students across the country during Disney’s Dreamers Academy, I realize sometimes we just want the cliff notes. Sometimes we just want the lesson to be short, sweet and to the point, and so I’ve done my best to give you that, taking bits and pieces from the speakers over the course of four days of encouragement and resource sharing and compiled them into a list of things dreamers do and don’t do.

Often we think of a dreamer as someone who just fantasizes about one day doing x,y, or z — and sometimes that ends up being the case. But these dos and don’ts are designed to get you to move past the idea, remove whatever mental or emotional barriers are in your way, and get into action. And they were handed down from people who know what they’re talking about. People like Cam Newton and Kim Fields who had big dreams too and decided to follow them. So check out this short list of dos and don’t and if you want the extended version of the lessons, check out these takeaways.


1. They Don’t ask permission, they give notice. They let the world know they’re coming. — Lisa Nichols, Transformational Coach

2. They Don’t allow not having a mentor to hinder them from having mentors. They take advantage of online tools, books, and other resources made available to them by those they want as a mentor.– Patrice C. Washington, The Money Maven.

3. They Don’t worry about balance between life and work, they create harmony. — Patrice C. Washington

4. They Don’t have a Plan B. — Cam Newton

5. They Don’t push their pain onto their children — Brandi Harvey

6. They Don’t let a setback cause them to sit back, they prepare for their comeback. — Jaylen Bledsoe, Founder Bledsoe Technologies, LLC

7. They Don’t forget they are here to serve others. — Kim Fields


8. They Do concern themselves with perspective, people, and purpose — Princeton Parker, Disney Dreamers Academy Alumni

9. They Do let people call them selfish when they put their dreams first because they know it’s really self-care. — Lisa Nichols

10. They Do know its never too late to follow a dream. — Chef Jeff Henderson, Flip My Food

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