This is an article I wrote for COTN Voices and decided to repost here as I wanted everyone to read it too. You can view it on the COTN website here.
I was walking down the aisle in Woolworths the other day when a little boy caught my attention. He was standing next to his father that was unpacking a few things from his trolley and kept asking questions which his father answered with a simple “Yes” or “No”….well that was until he asked, “Dad, why aren’t we rich?”
I was stopped dead in my tracks, how could the kid ask that to his father in public? I was wondering what the outcome of this could be…would the father ignore the kid? Would he tell him to keep quiet?
When the father looked at the kid and cleared his throat my ears assumed their alert position, cutting out other noises and activities taking place around me.
Two seconds felt like minutes waiting for an answer..when finally the man sighed and said, “I was never allowed to dream, son.”
I almost fell on my back right there and then. He wasn’t allowed to dream as a kid? How could someone be so cruel? My majority of my childhood was spent dreaming about things, so I assumed that his parents were more hands on, physical people than thought pushers. They wanted to have their boy work hard to earn his money, not sit on a bench conjuring up ideas waiting for the next big thing…
It brought me to the realization that even though we have a lot of hard working citizens around us, there are a lot of people that dream for a living and totally miss the working aspect of life. They don’t realize that dreams without actions are only thoughts and that is where a lot of people miss the plot totally.
Joel Barker said it well, “Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.”
So remember that there is nothing wrong with dreaming. Just equal your actions and work hard to get where you want to be in life. You determine your own success and by believing in yourself and your dreams you have already accomplished much more than most other people in the world.