Ok, the real world does exist… sort of.
The problem is that there is no truly objective way for people to observe it.
We all see the world through our senses which are interpreted by our brains and rationalized through our view of the world.
My reality is different than your reality. Nothing is real and everything is real. If your brain says it is real, for you it is real.
Say I'm riding public transit and see some drunk men acting obnoxiously and see them as slightly dangerous. My interpretation. The person sitting beside me sees the same men out having fun and decides to interact with them.
It goes on and on like that.
The good news is that we don't really have to live in the "real" world.
We are free to create our own view of the world; to interpret things however we choose. Sure, we are impacted by the real world but how we take that impact is largely up to each person.
Great entrepreneurs and leaders create a vision of the world as they see it or want it and convince others to join them in creating it.
Some people go a little too far and see only one view of the world; theirs. Everything else is wrong. Harmless if you are not forcing your view on others, harmful if you are.
The trick is to remember that other interpretations are ok. In fact, being able to see other views is a good talent to have. You can also change your mind or direction on your own; your world today doesn't have to be the same tomorrow.
When someone says "You can't make a living doing that in the real world." or "That business model won't work."; that is someones interpretation of the real world. Invariably, someone will prove them wrong.
This is what I think of when I think of executing a business strategy or personal life strategy. Figure out what you want yours to look like and go make it happen.
As long as you are not harming others, creation is a blessing.
And as I've said before, it is the journey from which you grow, not the destination, so enjoy it; real or not.