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Dream Right, Start Small: There Are No Big Dreams

There are certain impressions about things that persist like wild harmattan fire easily latching on the mind of the public because it appeals to popular understanding; however false. One of such is how we describe the way great things begin.

We often correlate great events with great beginnings; great businesses with great ideas; great outcomes with great start-ups. This idea propagates the very perception that says if it must end well, it must begin well. And people will hardly begin at all if they aren’t sure they are beginning well.

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Commonly, our impulsive attempt to classify every variety of life into great and good; glamorous and gloomy; gorgeous and gory eats cancerously into our ability to appreciate uniqueness for what it truly is. We love opposites! We are drawn to contrasts! We love to say “that is ugly and this is beautiful”. Our primal ability to categorize things endorses how functional our instincts are.

Unfortunately, we aren’t too fastidious to consider how even the beautiful things we identify developed—how the butterfly was once the caterpillar or the amphibian; a tadpole.

If we held staunchly to the belief that stellar achievements begin with great tasks, we lose the fortitude to try out tasks we consider small. Everything we could do now has to survive our unfair characterization. If it is deemed big, we do it. If not, we kill it.

This puts a lid on what we could achieve because it limits what we would do. And we lose the benefits that come with great results because we label our start as small.

There could be something you have refused to start simply because of your perception. Isn’t that perception born out of wrong comparisons between your beginning and someone else’s outcome?

We effortlessly bring our tender dreams beside a laudable achievement and ask ourselves if those dreams are equally praise-worthy.

We take the substance of our idea and discard it in a bin of forgetfulness because it refuses to look like the greatness in an outcome that is beheld as a definition for success. “If my dream isn’t like starting a Microsoft company, or a food chain like the Kentucky Fried Chicken, it is a small dream”. “Dream Big!”.

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I dare say there are neither big nor small dreams…there are only dreamers who chose to make a big difference with the dreams they had; however small.

What we call “big dreams” (in error) once began as a little spark of fire sweltering within the wits of the dreamer. There are only big outcomes—results of what we do with our dreams. This instantly agrees with the fine words of Bruce Barton, “ Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things”.

The tendency to call our dreams small only renders us unable to make something big out of little. Hence, we give up too soon because we misjudged too quickly.

Again, I dare say there are no small dreams……..only big outcomes.

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