Chasing Rainbows? Half of Brits Fail To Fulfill Ambitions

Now’s the time for making resolutions. For setting the goals you’re determined to achieve this year. But do you feel like you’re always chasing rainbows? Resigned to a life less fulfilling that you anticipated? Well sadly you’re not alone because according a a recent survey, half of us Brits claim to have failed to make our dreams a reality.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Some of may just ‘not yet’ have achieved that golden goal of eternal happiness. Researchers took an in-depth look in to the dreams and aspirations of the nation and discovered that while half said they had failed to make their dreams come true – a further 85 percent say they have yet to fulfill long-term ambitions.

In fact, according to the poll, the average Brit spends exactly 37 minutes a day dreaming about what could have been (that’s more than nine days a year!) – and has wasted an average of £7,063 chasing dreams which never actually came to fruition.

The study of 5,000 Britons by smartphone manufacturer Huawei, found a staggering 83% of us harbour dreams of travelling the world but have never got around to it. A further 57% of us long to start our own business, while a further 41% have always wished to go on to further education and achieve a masters, or PhD.

Sadly, more than two thirds of those who took part in the study said they are not living up to their full potential, with a lack of money the biggest stumbling block for Brits. Lacking confidence, family commitments, and a lack of ‘get up and go’ were excuses wheeled out to justify our failures.

Almost a quarter (21%) would love nothing more than to move abroad, while 17% dream of writing a book, but have never actually got round to putting pen to paper.

However, a significant number of respondents – 77% – are planning to pursue their dreams in 2018. Phew, we were starting to give up hope ourselves!

The research uncovered top ambitions to be starting a business, becoming a famous photographer or film maker, and undertaking an extreme challenge such as sky diving, bungee jumping or climbing a mountain. Almost a fifth of us aspire to run, and complete, a marathon in our lifetime.

But while big dreams dominate, 77% of us would admit that simply improving our health and fitness levels would be a dream come true.

Almost a half of those polled (45%) said they would quit their job tomorrow if they were financially secure enough.

Would you?


Emily Cleary

Emily Cleary

After almost a decade chasing ambulances, and celebrities, for Fleet Street’s finest, Emily has taken it down a gear and settled for a (slightly!) slower pace of life in the suburbs. With a love of cheese and fine wine, Emily is more likely to be found chasing her toddlers round Kew Gardens than sipping champagne at a showbiz launch nowadays, or grabbing an hour out of her hectic freelancer’s life to chill out in a spa while hubby holds the babies. If only!


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