[bquote]Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake. — Thoreau[/bquote]
.[bquote_right]Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and you will meet with success unexpected in common hours. – Thoreau[/bquote_right]
Just like Thoreau said, my “truest life” is wrapped up in that dream. It’s personal. See, that deep-seated childish notion sparked my earliest ambitions. The Dream is why I ran for Freshman Class President. The Dream is why I obtained a Masters in Education. It is the reason I selected a career in service. The Dream is why I taught college students in the evening. It’s why I wanted to be captain of my company’s softball team. And it’s why I wanted the team to win! The Dream is why I sought executive positions in business above and beyond my traditional field. It’s why I love training and leadership development.
In fact, The Dream has been at the heart of nearly everything constructive and positive and rewarding that has occurred in my professional life. Mark Twain understood the practical connection: “Oh, yes, and how soon and how easily our dream-life and our material life become so intermingled and so fused together that we can’t quite tell which is which, anymore.” Ralph Waldo Emerson wasn’t a big “dream” guy. He liked his facts over “dreams and fables.” Still, he offers inspiration about The Dream within. Said Emerson, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
And for good measure, Abraham Lincoln tags on this timeless advice: “The best way to predict your future is to create it,” Lincoln said. Good counsel guys. Thanks.
[bquote]The best way to predict your future is to create it. – Lincoln[/bquote]
So there you have it. I have a game plan now with guidance from the Great Ones. Time now to “create it.” I know now, for example, a little more of what I might say to mesmerize my fantasy audience. When wide awake in “common hours” I’ll quote the Great Ones. And the audience will see up close that it’s personal. That I mean every word from the bottom of my heart. They will experience for themselves that The Dream is real. Me too.
See you on stage.