I had an interesting thing happen the other day. I was chatting with someone and enjoying some delicious food. We started to talk about various previous vocational jobs that I've had. Then I started to share with this particular person about my passion for writing and desire to take some screenwriting courses & my dreams about possibly pursing that someday. I really didn't know this person all to well and their reaction was very....interesting. I'm not sure if I just don't look the part, being a stay-at-home mother of two, pastor's wife and possibly just being a woman in general? The reaction was one of, "really? that surprises me." It really got me thinking about having dreams & pursing them.
302 times. It's how many times Walt Disney was turned down for the financing of his dream to create a theme park for families. Disney had a dream to create a place that is "as clean as anything could ever be, and all the people in it are first-class citizens and are treated like guests". His desire was to have a "world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn - and fairy tales come true". In spite of the numerous time he was turned down for financing for his dream, he never once let it stop him from achieving it. Instead of relying solely on traditional financing, he created new ways of advertising and marketing for his park, which at that point in history had never been used. He collaborated with an almost failing TV network, ABC, to promote his ideas. He only asked for simple payment in return and for ABC to invest in the future park. Along with this he used a marketing strategy & specific form of vision casting through a show he created called, "Disneyland" that was featured once a week to viewers, promoting his park. All of this started one year before the park even opened. On opening day, 60,000 people were in attendance. And by two months later, the 1 millionth person walked through the gates of this magical place.
What can we do with our dreams that we have? I've been considering this and and here's a few things to think about:
Expect the Unexpected.
When we seek out our dreams and aspirations really great things could happen or really bad things could happen. You may have to try harder than you could even imagine, or your dream may come about very simply. What I've seen in some of my work is that the things that I really didn't even think was that great, reached the most people, many times years later. Sometimes the great stuff I enjoyed writing was good too. You never know. Always expect the unexpected and you will be wonderfully amazed every time.
Trust or Don't Trust.
First, trust in your dream. Trust it's a worthwhile hope or ambition. It's really the first step. Don't doubt it and fall fully into it. Run with it everyday and work hard at knowing you are meant to have this visionary dream. Second, trust the right people with your ideas & dreams. I'm really learning a lot about this lately. The wrong person can take it, put you down, discourage you even with the wrong advice or words. The right person can help you cultivate your dreams and nurture them to grow.
Failure is Apart of the Process.
Ahhh failure. We all hate it. Yet we all have experienced it. EVERYONE ONE OF US. Remember this in the middle of your defeat, loss, discouragement, breakdown/spiritual awakening. You aren't alone. Looking back on some failures of mine, by causality it brought about some of my greatest ideas, writing and dreams. At our lowest point, when everything is cleared out of the way, dreams can pave way to what we should be doing. Failure could be the greatest source of inspiration for you. It has for me.
Keep Moving Forward.
I love this quote from Mr. Walt Disney himself. The easy and most sensible thing to do with botched work or frustration is to give up. I've never been the kind to take the easy way out. Something tells me that you're the same way. In the past two days while I've been writing this piece, my computer shut down not once, but twice in the middle of my typing and I lost most of my work, our car's radiator blew and has to replaced, and I think I may have bronchitis. Life hits us all and it's never easy. Social media helps us believe that others have it all together, but we don't. We all have things that trip us up and knock us down, but what will we do when that happens?
Listen to Walt's words and "keep moving forward." Push forward. It's crazy hard, you may not even want to do it. But don't stop. You owe it to yourself and your dreams to have this courage.
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." ~Walt Disney