HAVE WE LOST THE ABILITY TO DREAM BIG?

#DreamBig #BigGoals #GreenNewDeal #BigDreams
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy predicted the U.S. would go to the moon in that decade.
It did in 1969.
“We choose to go to the moon … and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard,” Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts quotes JFK. His column on the subject of dreaming big also appeared Feb. 26, 2019, in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Pitts was focusing on the Green New Deal, proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward J. Markey.
Though the goals of the proposal are big, Pitts says some believe the idea is simply too big.
Regardless how you may feel about the Green New Deal, Pitts makes the point that the country seems to have lost the ability to dream big – an asset that has always been what America was about.
We, as individuals, too, may have lost that ability. We may have even been taught to temper our goals and dreams in favor of security.
People who do great things have many characteristics – not the least of which is the ability to see things not as they are, but as they could, or should, be. They then have the ability to carry through on that vision, overcoming all the obstacles, battling the naysayers and never losing sight of their dream.
Are you the type of person who settles for what is, rather than aiming for what could be?
Or, are you the type who sees what is as temporary, all the while aiming for what could be?
If your current situation is not giving you the life you want, know that YOU can change it, if you choose.
You don’t necessarily have to come up with the next big idea that will give you your fortune. You just have to be open to looking at situations that could change your life for the better, and have the wherewithal to crawl out of your comfort zone and go for it.
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“Big things were what America did,” Pitts writes. “From carving highways out of corn fields and cyberspace, to airlifting hope to a starving city, to rebuilding a ravaged continent, to helping save the world from tyranny, to digging 40 miles of trench that united two oceans, to binding East and West with railroad tracks, to defeating the most powerful military on Earth with an army of farmers, when did ‘big’ ever scare America?” Pitts continued.
Sometimes, something big comes to us as something different. Sometimes, it comes to us from a messenger that we never expected. Sometimes, it can fall into the lap of the people willing to look for it.
It takes courage to ignore the people in your life who try to tell you that you can’t, shouldn’t or even had better not try THAT, even when what you are embarking on may not be as scary as you are led to believe.
You just have to have a dream big enough to not be deterred.
If you don’t have such a dream, find it. If you do, pursue it. You don’t have to settle for what is, when what could be may be waiting for you.
Peter

SUCCESS IS FLEETING; YOURS DOESN’T HAVE TO BE

#success #FleetingSuccess #TemporarySuccess #fortune #failure
Today’s success is tomorrow’s failure.
Or, so it seems that way.
We can all recall some person, entity, corporation etc. that was a huge success, but now is failing.
Ken Fisher, founder of Fisher Investments, took on this topic in a column for USA Today. It was also published Feb. 4, 2019, in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The most recent example Fisher cites is Sears, America’s biggest retailer 50 years ago that is now all but dissolved.
He also talks about lottery winners upon whom the “curse” hits, and they are broke and miserable years later. That seems less like a curse, and more like a lack of personal wisdom or common sense.
In today’s world, success is indeed fleeting. The world is changing at such a rapid pace that the latest “big thing” is pushed out almost immediately by “the next big thing.”
American companies, as an example, in many cases can’t see the next big thing coming. Or, if they can, cannot gear up fast enough to latch onto it. Or, if they are fortunate enough to foresee it, latch onto it too soon, and suffer a period of stagnation awaiting the growth that is to come.
And, as fortune would have it, that “thing” the company foresaw and geared up for is soon displaced by something else.
Decades ago, when Sears reigned supreme in retail, progress didn’t move as quickly. Online shopping was not even a twinkle in some inventor’s eye. The Big 3 automakers churned out big, gas-guzzling cars until, well, foreign economy cars began to displace them. Who knew at the time that electric and self-driving vehicles were just down the road?
Yes, success is fleeting. But personal success doesn’t have to be. Instead of waiting to be part of “the next big thing,” work hard, save some of what you earn every week, sock it away, invest properly as your nest egg builds and move into your elder years without worry.
Easier said than done? Perhaps. But it may hinge on the life decisions you make, large and small, every day.
Think before you spend. What you don’t spend you can save.
Also, don’t presume the situation you may have now will stay the same, or improve. Remember, your employer may be looking for the next big thing and may or may not find it. Or, they may find it too late. Or, they may not change fast enough.
In any case, you, as the employee, will be affected, and usually not for your betterment.
Therefore, you must create your own success. How? There are many ways out there for a person to spend a few, off-work, part-time hours a week creating a potential stream of income that will enable him or her to roll with the punches at work with much more ease. You just have to be willing to look at new ideas that may be presented to you.
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Fisher talks about making yourself indispensible to your employer. Even the most indispensible people get reorganized, laid off or their job changes to an untenable degree.
It may be better to work at your job, and look for other ways to ensure your own success and, perhaps, the success of those willing to join you.
Peter