See the World in 3-D: Dream. Do. Deserve.


Sometimes we just need a change in perspective…a change in how we see the world to shape how the world sees us.

Today is a new day. Embrace it. Make it yours.

Sound familiar?

In many ways, the prospect of a new beginning, a new chance, it’s enough to get most of us out of bed. Optimism becomes the catalyst to take on the day, every day. But, how is this day really any different than yesterday or any day prior? The answer is there. It’s right in front of you and it’s always there. At least, that’s where it was the last time.

Thought it’s never easy to discern, “the answer” is the sustenance that feeds our hunger for possibilities and aspirations. And, there in lies the riddle of life, attempting to delineate between what is meaningful versus what is nothing more than a pleasant or welcomed distraction. It’s not unlike staring at an image only to learn that within the facade exists another vision. The representations were there all along, but somehow, depending on our state of mind, context, and perception, only one initially crystallized.

For example, gaze into the image below. Let’s imagine for a moment that the likeness that comes into view is representative of what’s meaningful to you. Let’s call that the “present” for now. But look again. What you’ll see, if you clear your mind and concentrate on nothing in particular, represents the meaning that unlocks the time ahead. Something that you didn’t see before materializes.

Double Face Illusion by Humberto Machado
Double Face Illusion by Humberto Machado

Depending on your powers of observation, you may have discerned the image of a person with a round nose, long face, and a slight frown facing left. . Or, perhaps you see the portrayal of a young and striking woman facing right. And, you may in fact see both.

To me, this represents what’s meaningful to me right now and in the future. It’s the constant pursuit of accepting who I am today and investing in who I want to be tomorrow. It’s as poetic as it is striking. What’s meaningful is the beauty of understanding that finding meaning is a journey not a destination or landmark.

We all share a quest for inspiration and validation. But we are seeking more than meaningless platitudes or the sermons by trendy or shallow self-help experts. To grow, we need substance and direction.

There are no easy answers. Even when those answers are in front of you, it takes resolve to see the hidden path behind the course you initially perceive to be the right way. It then takes vision and courage to take the unknown next steps in a direction that most do not see or will not follow.

The distance between who you are and who you want to be is separated only by your aspirations and actions.


Uncover what is meaningful to you in the long term and what you aspire to become.


Do the things that bring your dreams and your vision to life…even if it’s iterative. It’s the sum of the parts that contributes to the whole and the outcome.


As you act, react, and persevere, you discover the secret to defining your own destiny follows the laws of physics, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The more you do, the more opportunities you unlock. You earn what you deserve.

This is your time!

So…Dream. Do. Deserve.

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Originally published at LifeByMe

  • Your Living Body

    One of the best things a person can keep doing is to keep dreaming. Enact those dreams. The possibilities are endless. All great innovators began with a dream. They all probably failed dozens of times in the process too.

  • Jose Palomino

    Another thing I remind myself is it’s not about regrets, but rather it’s all about choices. I choose to do one thing over the other each day — and this is often driven by what’s important to me in the present or near future. Every choice is a shaping of who I will be — and so it’s important to make them deliberately.

    • briansolis

      Thank you for this thoughtful comment Jose…

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  • Dee Baig

    A philosophical article! Fantastic idea! Briansolis, firstly one needs to explore his own self, the inner self that is hidden in a maze. I have seen a lot of people who even don’t know what they want so in this scenario what to follow. Choices become crucial without the discovery of our selves.

    As far as your philosophy of perception is concerned it’s awesome. I have learned a lot from it.


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Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. He is an avid keynote speaker and award-winning author who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation.

His most recent book, What's the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. In 2009, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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