Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Wear Blinders, and Soldier On

"Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires...courage."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have a battle cry. I want to scream it from the highest mountain: When you have an idea stirring inside you, and you're sure it has potential to better our lives, WEAR BLINDERS and SOLDIER ON. You have that idea for a reason, and If you look for approval from others, the sad truth is you may not receive it. It's true. You may choose to tell someone in hopes they'll hop on your bandwagon--maybe even drive your bandwagon while you conjure up the steps you'll take to make it happen. And if you don't receive the support you were expecting while in your delicious cloud of unbridled enthusiasm, your hopes might be dashed, and you may melt like a popsicle on a sidewalk on a late summer's day. It's only natural to want to share your dreams and schemes with someone, especially someone you love, but You must be committed to courageously march forward , even when one or many may not see with your vision. And, that's another story all together; for your vision is unique to you, and therefore, can not be felt by others with the enthusiasm that only YOU can feel. Of course, there is support out there in the world. It comes in many forms. Think about these folks: In fact read about these folks, or others like them, and see if their determination in the face of opposition, and sometimes failure speaks to you: Albert Einstein, Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Dyson (yes, the Vacuum Guy) Leonardo Davinci..(Very Few of his major Ideas were even feasible during his lifetime, yet were either created later BECAUSE of his Idea, or were the stepping stones for MUCH, MUCH greater technological advances...) Among Many, Many others. And consider the fact that if you don't give your idea, which has the potential of bettering the world, a shot, it may never come to be, for it was YOUR idea, and Your ideas are no accidents. Here is a great place to begin, if you think you may not know where to begin:

"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out if they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you."
William James1842-1910, Author

As my 11th grade Literature Teacher would say, "Now put that in your pipe and smoke on it."

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