Everyone has dreams in life. However, not everyone turns their dreams into reality. It takes plenty of hard work, dedication, and persistence to accomplish your greatest goals in life and many of us fall short at times. But you shouldn’t let a few setbacks and failures keep you from trying. Oftentimes, it’s simply our lack of effort that keeps us from turning our dreams into reality–it’s not because we aren’t good enough. So check out this collection of 30 people who turned their dreams into a reality and be sure to use it as inspiration to accomplish some of your own goals in life!
1. Passing The Entrance Exam
Gabriel Nobre, 19, just found out that he passed Brazil’s university entrance exam. This exam is famously difficult to pass and you can see the emotion on Gabriel’s face when his mom tells him the good news. To accomplish this goal, Gabriel had to clean the building of a prep course in order to receive free classes to help him prepare for the exam.
This woman’s dream was to become an American citizen. When it finally happened she was beside herself with joy. But then the day came when her US passport showed up in the mail. She cried tears of joy when she opened it.
3. In Remission
This woman’s goal was to beat her cancer. As of when this photo was taken, she was in remission and her hairline was starting to come back in. I’d call that a success.
These two unlikely friends just accomplished something great. They worked together to publish the first-ever English translation of a 75-year-old Armenian book. Although their ages may be very different, their goals weren’t. They put in the effort and accomplished what they set out to do.
5. First Pet
This person waited 28 years to finally get their own pet. Sometimes patience is the hardest part of accomplishing your goals. But if you are willing to wait, great things will come your way–like Mycroft the cat.
6. First Cookbook
This self-taught cook and photographer just took the final photo of their first-ever cookbook. They spent nights and weekends working on this book and it is finally complete. After coming up with over 100 recipes and working for 4 months, they are now on their way to becoming a published author.
7. Days Without Alcohol
This sign represents one father’s attempt to cut alcohol out of his life. His child has never seen their dad go a whole day without drinking until this year. But according to this sign, he’s at 24 days and counting. Keep it up!
8. Weight Loss
Losing weight can be a tough thing to do. And depending on your body type and eating habits, it can be even harder for certain people. This girl has been working towards losing weight and has finally achieved a weight that she is proud of. This is the first time in months that she has dressed up and was happy with what she saw.
9. Dyed Hair
This woman has always wanted to dye her hair. When she finally got it done and looked in the mirror, she was overcome with joy. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that can make us the happiest. Don’t be afraid to set goals that simply amount to joy.
10. Welding Skills
This mother received the best Valentine’s Day gift that she could have ever received. Her daughter came home with a first-place plaque that displayed her welding prowess. If you find something that you enjoy, work hard at it and you’ll find success.
We all struggle with things. This girl has had some trouble with anorexia in the past but is currently working towards recovery. And the day that this photo was taken, she was told that she “looks healthy.” It made her very happy to hear.
12. First Race
This girl ran and completed her first race. It was 6.5km and she ran it in 44 minutes an 27 seconds. Not only that, but she also lost 3 clothing sizes. Not bad for her first time.
This dad loved LEGOs as a kid. So for his 50th birthday, his family decided to get him the biggest LEGO set that they could find. The look on his face says it all. There are going to be some fun Saturdays in his near future.
14. New Album
This guy just wrote and produced his first-ever musical album. And what makes it even more special is that he wrote it while dealing with depression. He says that he is extremely happy to still be alive and able to experience this awesome accomplishment.
15. Hair Style
This girl has a disability that doesn’t allow her to reach her head with both hands. Because of this, she has never been able to style her own hair–until now. Her dad recently bought her a special set of curlers that can be used with only one hand. Now her hair looks great all the time.
16. Own Pool
These parents have been married for 34 years and raised kids that are now grown. In the summers, they would fill an inflatable pool with water from the garden hose so that their kids could play in it. With everything else that they had to pay for, a permanent pool wasn’t in the cards. But finally, after years and years of hard work, these two are finally swimming in their very own pool.
Adopting a child is super rewarding. But the paperwork and logistics that go into making all of it official can be a nightmare. Luckily for this new parent, the adoption was finalized and he is now officially a dad. Congrats pop, you did it.
This person was unemployed for nearly two months. And after dealing with depression and eating nothing but rice and beans for a couple of weeks, he finally found a job–and then another. This guy now has two jobs and is extremely grateful to be working again.
This man’s dream was to become a class A skydiver. After many long hours and plenty of jumps out of an airplane, he finally reached his goal. The picture that you are seeing is from the day of his graduation jump.
20. Good Dog
This girl had struggled with depression and anxiety since she was 15. But ever since she adopted her new dog, Mia, the depression and anxiety have taken a back seat in her life. She now has great optimism as she moves into her 26th year of life. And it’s all thanks to that awesome dog, Mia.
21. First House
Today, this man bought his first house. This is such a great accomplishment and it just goes to show how all of your hard work can pay off if you set a goal and stick with it. I hope he’s going to have an awesome house-warming party. He’s earned it.
22. Master’s Degree
Getting through school can be the most exhausting and rewarding experience in a person’s life. This woman just received her diploma after years of hard work. Hopefully, a new job offer will soon follow.
23. Real Home
All this woman wants to do is be a good mom. She has struggled with homelessness, sleeping in her car, and raising a child on her own. But tonight, she and her child are going to enjoy a pizza on the floor of a real home. And it’s all theirs.
24. Walking The Great Wall
This girl has spent years struggling with pain from endometriosis and RA. The pain gets so bad that even getting out of bed is a struggle. But today, she wasn’t going to let her pain stop her. She got out of bed and walked 2.5 miles of the Great Wall of China.
This man just married the girl of his dreams. And after years of struggling with PTSD, anxiety, and depression, he says that he is the happiest that he’s ever been. His wife is able to see the beauty that’s all around her and through her example, he is able to find beauty and happiness, too.
26. Nobel Peace Prize
This woman always loved education. But as a girl growing up in Pakistan under the Taliban Regime, going to school wasted an option as a young girl. She spoke up against this and continued her activism into adulthood. Then, in 2014, she became the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Price laureate
27. Female Firefighter
It took her 17 years, but this girl finally accomplished her dream of becoming a firefighter. She serves on the same department that her dad serves on is only the 5th female firefighter in that department, ever. It was a lot of hard work but she is so proud of what she has achieved.
28. Maple Leafs
Tavares has always been a Toronto Maple Leafs fan–as you can see by his childhood bedding. He dreamed of one day growing up and playing for that very team. Well, after 27 years, he was finally signed with the Maple Leafs. He has officially turned his childhood dreams into a reality.
29. Island Clean-Up
These two girls from Bali wanted to clean up their island. So they decided to take action. They organized a garbage collection campaign that was able to attract over 12,000 volunteers. They’ve gone on to give TED Talks and receive awards for their efforts. Way to go, girls.
When Alexander Misurkin watched Star Wars as a kid, he knew right away that he wanted to go to space. And what better way to go to space than to become an astronaut? He set out after this goal and was able to accomplish it as an adult. He works as a cosmonaut now and has gone up into space 4 times.