We pull back on our work and life dreams because we once experienced our dreams not coming true. Then others explained to us that this is the way the world works, and we believed it.
The way the world really works? We tend to have both our dreams and nightmares come true to the extent we focus on feeling good and feeling bad, respectively.
In your corner,
PS: More good news: one whack of feel good overrides many, many whacks of past feel bads. Happy dreams!