I have been called many things in my life. The one though that I think I’m most proud of is when I’m called a dreamer. The fact is, I’m an unapologetic wild-eyed dreamer of things that others might feel impossible. I always have been. I was born a dreamer, and I am proud to report that I am still an unabashed dreamer sixty years later.
For most of my life, I’ve believed that anything IS possible. But there was a time when I was told it wasn’t. I began to think that I would be a slave to my surroundings. There was a time when the only thing that I knew about the outside world I learned from National Geographic. It showed places I’d love to go, but we’re told I’d never get there.
But things change. If the dreamer gene is in you, it will surely rise at some point. And it did for me. I realized that I had become satisfied with my life and world due to fear. In the years to follow, I’ve learned that so many people never succeed due to their fear of failure, rejection, or limitations. Some of the “limitation” fears (or success excuses) I often hear as a business coach include, “I didn’t graduate from college,”; “I’m overweight,”; “I came from poverty,”; “I’m too old,” or “my family has never made any money,” etc.
These are all excuses you’re telling yourself. And they’re weak excuses at that.
Many business owners, executives and entrepreneurs I work with have forgotten how to dream. They’ve, in many cases, had the dreamer kicked out of them. Don’t let this happen to you. Dreaming is a crucial ingredient to having a vision. And a clear vision of the future is vital for becoming a great entrepreneur, business owner, and executive. A key component of successful leadership is to have a vision even when others can’t see it.
The fact is that there is no dream that is out of reach for the dreamer and the doer. There are NO limitations, only limited thinking. So, dream and fly. Always dream like a child with no restrictions or constraints. When there is no one to push you to dream or believe that anything, literally anything is possible, the weight is on our shoulders to step out of the box and dream. If you can dream it and believe it strongly enough, you can achieve it. You must dream and believe even when those around you won’t allow themselves to dream about the possibilities with you. Sometimes you will feel alone in the wilderness, but it’s those times when you need to believe in yourself, even when it feels like no one else does. There will be times when the people closest to you don’t believe in your dreams, and in times like these, you must believe even more stronger. Never give up; no matter what happens, it’s worth it to think thoughts that no one else has ever allowed themselves to think. Believe in the possibilities that everyone else thinks are impossible; see a vision others have feared to believe.
Nothing has changed as I have grown older. I’m living proof that dreaming isn’t the sole domain of youth. Old guys can dream too. My dreams are bigger, wilder, and more exciting than ever. My dreams keep me focused on the future. Honestly, I’m terrified of dying only because there’s so much more to be done, things to experience, and dreams yet to dream.
The heck with what anyone says or thinks; just dream, baby, dream.