It is hard to imagine today a seventeen year old boy putting on a business suit, grabbing his father’s briefcase and successfully walking past security guards with a confident wave. In an action befitting Frank Abagnale in Catch Me If You Can, the brazen trespasser added his name to the building directory once inside. He even made plastic name titles for the unoccupied office, room 23C. What would inspire this aspiring film maker to breach Universal Pictures studios and put “Steven Spielberg, Room 23C” on the door?
As a young boy, Steven’s passion was shooting homemade movies with an 8 mm camera. He would film wrecks of his Lionel train. He collected small admission fees from his viewing friends. A dream, big Idea or Breakthrough Innovation cannot happen without an Aspirer or multiple Aspirers.
During a visit with cousins, the seventeen year old had his first brush with his dream. Steven and his cousins went on the Universal Studio tour. During a tram stop for a bathroom break, Steven wandered away to watch some filming. A man named Chuck Silvers asked him what he was doing there. Steven began sharing his lifelong passion which engaged Chuck into an hour long discussion. Chuck gave Steven a pass to come back the next day to show him his 8 mm films. Chuck was impressed with Steven’s films, though he told him he didn’t have the authority to write any more passes. It was not enough to slow Steven down as he proceeded past security the next day with a briefcase containing a sandwich and few candy bars.
If you want to determine if you have a good idea, it must include introspective insight. If you are an Aspirer or one of multiple co-Aspirers, Aspirer Insight is critically to understanding whether the pursuit is worthy. Whether it is improving your relationship with your spouse, opening a French Restaurant or building a new Little League baseball field, it doesn’t happen without the Aspirer having what it takes to make it happen:
Idea Commitment – motivation, personal investment risk (time, money and reputation), current progress and early success overcoming hurdles
Enablement Impact – during the pursuit – family, friends, job, career, personal finances or other passions that may be adversely impacted whether the pursuit is successful or unsuccessful.
Prosperity Impact – from successful achievement – time, health, comfort, paycheck, financial cost/benefit, wealth, purpose, social network, control, community
There are few people whose dream affected more people then Steven Spielberg’s. He redefined adventure bringing to life sharks, an alien, dinosaurs and a college professor in Jaws, ET, Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones movies. Our future generations will experience history told through stories with Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, The Color Purple and recently Lincoln.
Insight can help you determine if your Dream, Big Idea or Breakthrough Innovation is a good idea and what it may take to make it happen. While Beneficiary Insight, Viability Insight and Enablement Insight are critical, Aspirers Insight has to be right for a dream to be even considered.
It was probably easy for Steven to show Leonardo DiCaprio how to play Frank Abagnale in Catch Me If You Can. He had the first-hand experience of exuding gumption as seventeen year old movie producer wannabe. Just like Frank Abagnale confidence in convincing people he was a doctor, lawyer and an airline pilot.
As a boy, Steven was teased by classmates and was no scholar. He was just an Aspirer with a dream to make almost anything happen.
“I don’t dream at night, I dream at day, I dream all day; I’m dreaming for living.” – Steven Spielberg