Believe? Do you believe in having dreams? Holding on to them? Here is a story that says never give up on your dreams that we found on several websites (all listed author unknown). We believe it is an excellent story that illustrates the power of holding onto your dreams.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Imagine you could go back in time and give your 20-year-old self a bit of advice on investing in the creative process, coming up with new ideas, and producing good, fun work.
What would you say?
I have a friend named Monty Roberts who owns a horse ranch in California. From time to time he permitted me to use his home for youth at risk fund raising events.
The last event he introduced me by saying:
I want to tell you why I let Jack use my home for this fund raising. It goes back to a story of a young man who was the son of an itinerant horse trainer, who traveled from town to town training horses. As a result his son’s education was continually interrupted. When he was a senior, he was asked to write a paper about what he wanted to be when he grew up.
That night he wrote a seven page paper describing his goal of someday owning a horse ranch. He wrote about his dream in great detail and he even drew a map of a 200-acre ranch, showing the location of all the buildings, the stables, and the track. He also drew a detailed floor plan for a 4000 square foot home that would be located on the ranch.
He put a great deal of his heart into the project and turned in the paper the next day. Two days later he received his paper back. On the front page was a large red F with a note from his teacher that asked him to see him after class.
The student went to the teacher after class as instructed and asked why he had received the failing grade.
The teacher said:
This is an unrealistic dream for someone like you. You have no money. You come from an itinerant, poor family with few resources. Owning a horse ranch such as this requires a lot of money. There is no way you could ever achieve this dream. Then the teacher told him he would reconsider the grade if the paper was rewritten with a more realistic goal.
The boy went home and thought about what to do next long and hard. He asked father what he should do.
His father said:
Son, you will have to make up your own mind on this. It is a very important decision for you.
Finally after careful thought, the boy turned in the same paper, making NO change. His remark to the teacher was:
You can keep the F and I’ll keep my dream.
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My friend Monty then turned to the assembled group and said:
I tell you this story because you are sitting in 4000 square foot house in the middle of my 200 acre ranch. I still have that school paper framed over the fireplace.
The best part of the story is that two summers ago that same schoolteacher brought 30 kids to camp out on this ranch for a week. When the teacher was leaving, he said: Look, Monty, I can tell you this now. When I was your teacher, I was something of a dream stealer. During those years I stole a lot of kids’ dreams. Fortunately you had enough gumption not to give on yours.
My takeaway from this story?
Don’t let anyone steal your dreams. Never give up on them, no matter what.
Belief is a powerful word – the state of knowing and feeling certain that something special is coming your way. Through my own personal experience I’ve found that creating that state of certainty – to believe in your dreams – requires 3 steps:
Love what you do
To believe in your dreams, make sure to find what you absolutely love to do and then make it your dream.
Document your goals
When you know exactly what you want, you create a state of absolute certainty – a belief that cuts through any doubt.
To believe in your dreams, you’ve got to know what you want. One of the best ways to figure that out is to write it out.
Wear the enthusiasm your dreams generate
Your dreams take consistent enthusiasm to keep them burning. A small movement or a small action is all you need to keep your that enthusiasm. Take a small action each day to keep it alive. By doing this consistently you’ll start to realize your dreams, one step at a time.
Another story: A Story About Living as Told by a Six Year Old Boy
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