“If you make the world a little better, then you have accomplished a great deal.”
When our deepest desire is to leave the world something that makes it a better place than when we found it, the possibilities are endless. It's these kinds of dreams that come true everyday. You'll be surprised how often the resources reveal themselves when the goal is aimed outward. John Kanzius set out to cure cancer in his garage using hot dogs, his knowledge of radio waves and his wife's pie tins. John is not a doctor of medicine but he is turning the medical world upside down with his discovery. Funding is coming in from places John never imagined possible.
We can be most dangerous fulfilling our dreams when we have nothing to prove. Even more dangerous when we take on a partner who shares our vision and passion. Together we can get more accomplished focused on the goal rather than on the glory. Harry S. Truman said; “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
Pride has a way of making our determination a self-serving venture
that can produce emptiness long after capturing the prize. Many of us
hunger to belong, wanting to be someone in the eyes of others. We want
to count and even make a difference if the way to do so could only be
uncovered. When was the last time you commissioned the proper shovel?
Dreaming out loud in a world of cynicism is a risky proposition. It takes risk to nurture a dream. If not you then who will? To dream amongst dreamers and those who are courageous brings hope. Alfred Armand Montapert said; “To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan ... believe ... act!” If you had the resources, a partner and nothing to prove what would you do? Would you dare to dream?
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” - Dale Carnegie
Video: John Kanzius on 60 Minutes
Photo by Mark Boucher