Running Down a Dream

Your Road Map to Winning Creative Battles
By: Tim Grahl
Narrated by: Tim Grahl
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
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A deeply personal field guide to defeating your own worst enemy.

When you dream, you envision a magical future. You have heroically slayed the dragons and unlocked the creativity and genius buried deep inside.

But how do you actually get there?

You can analyze the myths of visionary creators - artists, writers, musicians, software developers, etc., who have accomplished the impossible. You’ll read about how they went for it, refused to quit, and would not be denied. But exactly how these successful creators went from being fearful dreamers to accomplished artists proves elusive. They seem to have secret sauce inside that you just don’t possess.

Running Down a Dream unflinchingly bares the naked truth behind all creations and shares the practical to-do list to take you from here to there.

The good news? You don’t have to be an Austen or a Michelangelo or an Oprah to create a work of art.

The bad news? There is no glossing over the pain, embarrassment, and financial terror necessary to contend with on your journey to mission accomplished.

More good news? What lies ahead for you is the realization of your heroic self. The run is worth it in ways you can’t yet imagine.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Black Irish Books, LLC (P)2018 Black Irish Books, LLC

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The struggle within is always the most difficult.

The strongest among us are constantly training and pushing their limits to become stronger, faster and better. In a successful life one must look at the obstacles put in front them. Those heads in hands crying for your Mama kind of moments. As the building blocks to achieve their ideal futures. And once they get that dream they have, they must continue to find ways to always become better individuals who lead their communities and provide for their families.

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Another churned-out attempt in the passive income fad

this is another in the influx of self or indie-published books that are churned out as part of a scheme to build a passive income. If you’re already quite a high performer and fairly confident in your mindset, this guy is behind out. It’s better for people who are still figuring stuff out. Also, you can tell he’s a book marketing expert. The cover is a blatant ripoff of the (much more useful for aspiring writers) Steven Pressfield books, and initially duped me into thinking it was somehow part of that family or co-signed by him.

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Authentic Road Map To Accomplishment

Would highly recommend this story well told of how to transform yourself from being your own worst critic to becoming your own biggest fan. Loved it!

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Meh

This was a testimony of life struggle as an entreprenuer. I really appreciate the honesty because the world needs more of it, but the "road map" is what I was looking for. I patiently listened, hoping that after all of the unnecessary stories, the author would actually get around to his bottom-line conclusions. I regret to say it because I know he worked on this for a long time, but this book just wasn't for me.

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Tim’s honesty confirms “we are not alone in the struggle.”

This book is for all the creatives out there. Tim articulates his struggle to over come imposter syndrome and find happiness in his creative expressions. It is a journey that parallels my own in many ways and thus must be the case for many more. His revelations inspire and encourage. A must read for all creative people.
Thank you for writing this book, Tim.

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Pure and honest motivation

Thanks Tim for sharing your journey with all its ups and downs. I’ve learned to listen to myself and enjoy the struggle it takes to run down my dreams.

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Not the highlight reel

I have loved listening to this book! So much of what we see is the highlight reel and it was so great to listen to someone who still felt broken after essentially using his personality to overcome deeply held beliefs.
There are about 30 bookmarks I have made in this book and will take the time to go back and make notes on them.
Thank you Tim!

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Author lays it all out

Tim has a warm and inviting way of expressing himself. His writing style is similar to mine in that he is totally candid and honest with no regard for what his readers will think of him...I love it! He conveys his message succinctly and comprehensively.

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Great book Tim.

Great book Tim, you are whole! Thanks for writing thisbook, it's changed my life and solidified the words that my pastor has given me over the years.

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Honest vulnerability in writing & reading

Tim’s asides are great - from the warning that the next section is not for children’s ears to his confessed intention to skip unpronounceable place & people names in a historical portion.
I received a physical copy direct from the author, but I’m glad I purchased the audio & encountered his words spoken first. He gives tools to help our own striving but reminds us through his story that we need to understand the core of why we strive. Do you have something to share or something to prove? Letting go of anxiety is worth the word of chipping away the layers. Thanks, Tim.

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  • J. Carter
  • 09-21-18

Awesome

The author shares his creative journey with painful honesty. It’s refreshing to hear from someone who is still on the journey, but he is prepared to share the ups but mostly the downs of each step along the way. Tim, if you read this, I can’t believe you didn’t sing tge boulder song

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  • Mark Pearcey
  • 09-20-18

Let’s be real

Came to this book after your podcast with Joanna Penn and was not disappointed. The book is exactly what it promises to be and what you expect. It’s frank and down to earth discussion about what it is to be an author or writer, or the struggle to even accept or feel like you’ve earned that title. It was great to her your personal account and your experiences, but it was also great to have an informative and interesting discussion alongside your story.
Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work.

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  • Caroline Edwards
  • 08-16-18

a great read

really enjoyed this book. I could really appreciate the struggles of the author, having been there myself and loved how he told the journey with such honesty. also great ideas for moving forward but I love his final realisation.

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  • John
  • 01-13-20

a cool listen

Hearing Tim go for it and enduring the stress and pain associated with his dream, was a good reminder that sometimes going for it is tough. The self satisfaction and pride you get from 'running down your dream' can pay off and in particular with feelings of satisfaction with one's efforts and pride for one's self.
A great book for some one lonely needing somebody to relate to while they are on there own journey. For me though the book came across a bit melodramatic and not essentially useful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-27-19

A brave and inspiring book.

I bought this book by accident! I had meant to buy Tim Grahl’s other book ‘Your First 1000 Copies’ but in my haste I clicked this book instead. I am so glad about my mistake. It was astoundingly honest, raw and inspiring. Just what I needed to hear, even though I hadn’t realised it. It’s a book about what life is all about and how to truly live in a fulfilling way. Thank you Tim for your courage in sharing your journey.