div class=’posterous_autopost’>”I first saw the site for Disneyland back in 1953. In those days it was all flat land – no river, no mountains, no castles or rocketships – just orange groves, and a few acres of walnut trees” – Walt Disney.
Disneyland to me, summarizes the power of a dream. It was a dream a man had that was literally a castle in the air. It was just an idea – a family park where parents and kids could have fun together, a happy place, something that will keep developing and being added to, an unique amusement park, etc. None of these dreams were concrete. They had no fixed objectives, no details, were very broad, etc. History has several examples of visionaries who shaped futures from thin air. All it started with was a seed of thought that in its original form didn’t even germinate and start to take shape.
Then, and now, one thing has not changed. Visionaries are looked as eccentric and weird people. The culture we live in now has taken a shift and is now the least friendly to people who have grand visions. This is an era where entrepreneurs are encouraged to go after quick money. Investors do not believe in supporting companies that want to build legacy. There are more devil’s advocates these days than dream’s advocates. I was reading Tom Kelley’s “Ten faces of Innovation” and this is what he has to say about a Devil’s advocate –
“The Devil’s advocate gambit is extraordinary but certainly not uncommon, since it strikes so regularly in the project rooms and board rooms of corporate America. What’s truly astonishing is how much punch is packed into that simple phrase. In fact, the Devil’s advocate may be the biggest innovation killer in America today. What makes this negative persona so dangerous is that it is such a subtle threat. Every day, thousands of great new ideas, concepts, and plans are nipped in the bud by Devil’s advocates”.
When I read this for the first time, flashes of visions appeared before my eyes about various people I shared my grand plans of changing the world with. The discussions, advice and the devil’s advocate arguments meant that several ideas never even took shape. The seed got squished before even it could germinate and see the world. This is a peril every dreamer has to deal with. He is surrounded by people who cannot see and share the same vision as he does. Unless, he takes every criticism with a grain of salt and filters out devil’s advocates, the vision will remain a castle in the air that can never be built.
Also, I believe that, the broader and bigger the dreams are, the better the future will be that is created because of the same dream. The quantity of achievements are proportional to the quality of dreams. We need dreamers in today’s world. Not just any dreamer, but the one with the resolve to work his/her way through any hurdles to build the future they believe in. These are the people who will solve climate crisis and poverty. Because these people already are seeing the future that others can not even dream of. To all the entrepreneurs who are reading this and others, “Dream, focus, walk, achieve. Don’t worry about making quick money. Think about writing a few pages in the history. Because, one history is written, it inspires others to follow suit”.</div