Power of a Dream
This story is a very good example of never giving up
on your dreams. When people share their goals or
dreams with you, do you help them by sharing in
their dreams or do you try to bring them back to reality.
A friend of mine, Robin Cooke shares this story with us.
In his book, The Man Who Listens to Horses (Ballantine),
famed horse trainer Money Roberts tells about the time
one of his teachers in high school assigned a paper called
“My goals in Life.” The teacher, Mr. Fowler, was interested
only in practical goals – not fantasies about going to Hollywood
to become a movie star, and the like. But young Monty had a
serious dream. The son of a horse trainer, he longed to own a
thoroughbred racehorse facility. Monty turned in a detailed
plan to achieve his dream.
Mr. Fowler returned his paper with a failing grade. “It’s a
wild, unattainable dream,” he told the teen. “I know your
family and background; it would not be possible.” He
insisted Monty rewrite the paper.
The next day, after talking with his mother, Monty returned his
original paper to Mr. Fowler. He included a note saying he
believed in his plan and the teacher shouldn’t limit his aspirations.
Mr. Fowler didn’t respond at the time, but Monty got an A in the
Monty ultimately achieved his dream through hard work and
determination. Many years later, he received a call from Mr.
Fowler, who wanted to arrange a tour of Monty’s stables for
his church group.
After the tour, Mr. Fowler told the group about the term
paper and the note Monty had written. “There was a time
when I told Monty that this was unattainable,” he said.
“Now we’ve all had a good look around and have seen how
he proved me wrong.” His student, he said, had taught
him “the most valuable lesson I ever learned.”
When people share their goals with you, do you help
them launch their dreams – or try to bring them back
This valuable lesson could be apply applied to your
own aspirations in whatever venture you have set
out to undertake. Internet marketing is an area
that many people have tried but have failed because
they let the nay sayers get the best of them. They
didn’t write down their goals on paper rather than
just keeping the goals in their head. They needed
that strong conviction to allow their energy and
vision to guide them to the heights they knew they
So much of a literal dream can come true if one has
the persistence, energy and the vision to work it
through and not let the “little” things get in the way.
Many of the real successful individuals will tell of
their trials and errors, but that persistence carried
them to the point of reaching their goals. Don’t tell
David Wood or David Sharpe that they couldn’t do
what they are doing or don’t tell Lawrence Tam that
he couldn’t make over $100,000 a month part time or
don’t tell Chuck Marshall that he could go from making
$40,000 a year to making more than that each month.
These are people, just like you and me, common people with
common backgrounds that have decided to make their
dreams come true. They decided to work a little harder
right out of the gates that would allow them they type
of life that they only dreamed about in the beginning but
then realized that it was attainable. They set their own
hours because they don’t have a job, they have a life.
They take the type of vacations they dreamed about
because they can be paid while on vacation. Is this for
you? Only you can tell me that. Let your dreams be
part of your life.
Power of a Dream – Why not?