Monday, August 31, 2009

Dream the Dreams That Never Were

Aug 25

“We need men who can dream of things that never were”– John F. Kennedy

John Kennedy, like so many other dreamers from the mid-twentieth century, set his sights on far off goals that at the time they were set seemed impossible to achieve. In 1961 when he boldly launched the 10 year plan to put a man on the moon, many thought that it was either impossible or too far away to think about. For those who lived through that decade, those 10 years went quickly and culminated in Neil Armstrong saying “that’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind” as he descended onto the moon’s surface.

Are your goals long-term or immediate; far-reaching or short-sighted; dramatic and bold or simple and conservative? With a little thought you can decide what to accomplish today, but have you thought about how today’s efforts could support what you want 5 or 10 years from now? With a little planning you can open a savings account and deposit your spare change each day, but have you considered what needs you’ll have when you’re ready to retire and what it will take to get you there? With a little study you can learn what you need to accomplish today’s tasks, but have you planned an education to teach you all you’ll need to know to achieve the greatness you hope for? Those bigger and broader goals are the things that dreams are made of – and there’s no better time to start planning for and accomplishing them than right now. That way, though they never were, in time they may be.

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