In researching for today’s post, I read quotes by many famous leaders, but this one, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower”, by Steve Jobs resounded with me. Often people, including myself, have ideas for inventions, creations and designs in life or in their career. What separates those who dream and those who pursue? What differentiates the ones that try and the ones that achieve?
The difference between the dreamers versus the pursuers is action, and probably repeated and continual action often in the face of failure. I can’t think of anyone who achieved their dreams simply by wishing, however what about the people who attempt to make their dreams a reality, yet the final achievement keeps slipping through their fingers time and time again? Is it the power of belief and intention? Is it chance, luck or circumstance?
Recently, I had this exact conversation. We discussed the concept of being at the right place at the right time, knowing or meeting the right person. When I think about the past or imagine the future, I am in awe of those who have a vision and make it a reality. I have had dreams that have come true and many others that have not.
Sometimes I think of giving up, and being content with what I have, but then I am inspired by others. I also look at all that I would not have achieved if I stopped back then. I keep choosing though to dream, to pursue and to try and achieve, with perhaps the last piece being out of my control. I can set goals, but in the words of John Lennon, “You may say I’m a dreamer.”
All through my day, no matter where I go, or what I do, I am always looking for the good. I try to find the good in people, in the world, in my life or even just in my day.
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