Do you remember what it was like to dream?
Maybe you wanted to be a singer, or an artist, or perhaps even the owner of your own business? Some dreams are silly. Impractical even.
As children, many of us wanted to be rich and famous. And while some of these desires appeal to our vanity, some are noble.
For the Wright Brothers, their dream was to fly. For Nikola Tesla, he wanted to provide free wireless electricity for the world.
Some dreams are simply goals.
Goals can originate from a variety of motivations. For Ferruccio Lamborghini, an insult from Enzo Ferrari egged him on to developing his supercar. Pride, anger, passion, or frustration with the status quo motivate many to pursue an idea.
Just as there are negative motivations, joy, and a charitable spirit can also drive someone to achieve greatness. This joy comes from doing something worth doing, usually for the good society. A caring heart and benevolent soul leads some people to solve pain points for those around them.
Creativity and achievement are also motivations. For me, I enjoy creating something new and crave the thrill of achieving another level.
The appeal of achievement is that it cannot be bought or given; one must earn the victory. Once obtained, no one can take away your success. It is a distinct honor to achieve something.
Many look to those who have achieved great success with envy. Others idolize these individuals. But, the proper way to view those who have received notoriety is to recognize their equality with yourself.
There was a time when Shakespeare was learning his ABCs. There was a time when Einstein was learning to count. There was a time when Steve Jobs was nervous in front of the TV cameras. And now is your time before your next success.
Whatever it is that you want to accomplish, remember that the journey begins at the bottom, not at the top.
Dreams dare to exist before their path to their obtainment is made clear. Dreamers are fragile at first, cowering when the first failure or critic pokes a hole in their glowing vision. But the path to success is filled with failures. Failure makes us stronger. We learn from them.
It is challenging to include all people in the same category without allowing for exceptions, but in this instance, I would say that all people share the same core feelings. There’s a canon of desires, fears, and needs that make us human. Regardless of what languages you may speak or period you are born into, a few characteristics tie us together.
We are all on the same chassis with a different body.
If you dream about world peace, there is your answer. Summon that which connects us all, and we will all fall in line. Find what unites us. While we may have many differences, it is challenging to be wholly unique.
So when we dream, we develop. These push us forward. Dreams are promises to future generations. What we have now is inherited from dreamers who chose to pursue them to fruition.
Those who have developed a vision to realization appreciate those who are beginning their journey. Those on the journey find comfort in the knowledge that others have made it; the success stories cheer us onward.