If your child age curiosity and imagination has yet to be tempered by time, logic and disappointments, it must happen to you.
It’s a quiet time. You are alone or mind is free to wander.
It’s the ah-ha moment. It’s a solution to a problem or new idea.
It may be while standing in a long bank line like Don Wetzel in 1968. It could be on a nature hike when burrs get all over your dog and pants like George de Mestral. Or maybe during a workout while wondering why your tee shirt is wet and your compression shorts are dry like Kevin Plank.
Maybe we can all benefit from it. It may be hard to imagine life without Don’s ATM invention, George’s Velcro idea or Kevin’s Under Armour sportswear. Everything begins as an idea.
Your idea may come to you when driving alone, showering or just as your mind awakens.
Or is it a dream? A thought track your mind likes to visit during those quiet moments.
Nice! Now what?
You want to share it. Then you ask yourself the hard question, “am I willing to give up who I am for who I can become”?
Just imagine the strange looks an Army Colonel, a Washington Heights, New York high school student and a single mom living on public subsidy, must have each encountered. Colonel Richard Satava, MD wanted to operate on soldiers within the first hour of a battlefield wound using a remote controlled robot. Ralph Lauren had a passion for fashion and sold ties to his high school classmates. He put his desire to be a millionaire in his senior class yearbook. J.K. Rowling, an unemployed teacher, pursued her passion of writing in Nicolson’s Café while her daughter would sleep. She avoided studying for the postgraduate degree required for teaching in her town of Edinburg, Scotland.
We get what we want (prosperity) from pursuing our dreams and ideas.
Today, we all can benefit from less evasive medical procedures using da Vinci Surgical System (robot), the dream of Colonel Satava. You may be wearing a fashion right now that resulted from the dream of Ralph Lauren. You may have enjoyed the experience of being lost in witchcraft and wizardry with the Harry Potter series from the dream of J.K. Rowlings.
Satava, Lauren and Rowlings, were not deterred by the fear of being labeled passionate dreamers. They may have missed the movie portrayals of Professor Brainard (Flubber) or Belle’s Dad Maurice (Beauty and the Beast) that was wedged into many of our young subconscious.
Our dreams and ideas are so personal that we often keep them to ourselves. We can become vulnerable by providing others (and ourselves) a measurement of our success or failure.
Our dreams and ideas describe “who we are” as well as “who we will become”. They become the guardrails along the path of our desired destination. They incent us to be good citizens through our ordinary routines by offering us thoughts of the prosperity ahead.
We may have one or more dream(s) or idea(s) of the many different types:
Family/Friends/Home – A child into college, a home in a better neighborhood, helping a parent get healthier, finding a lifelong partner, etc.
Career/School/Job – College degree, initial career, becoming credentialed, changing careers, etc.
Creation – a business, art, write a book, discover new knowledge, a new non-profit organization, etc.
Achievement – attainment (lose weight), development (learn new skill), passion (recondition antique car), performance (run marathon), etc.
Community – active involvement, help individuals, organize, military service, missions, etc.
You can help us learn more about our dreams and ideas by participating in the surveys and dialogs on GreatProsperity.com. Do you have an idea like the ATM, Velcro, or Under Armour? Maybe you have a dream to help patients (da Vinci Surgical System), become a millionaire (Ralph Lauren) or write to inspire and entertain (J.K. Rowlings). Do you aspire to open a pizza shop or stay home with your young children?
This is how we get what we want.
Posted: Friday, May 18th, 2012 @ 4:24 pm