How to Dream Big, Pt 1
Do you believe Isaiah’s words refer only to a literal pool of water out there in the sands? I think the literal truths found in The Bible have multiple layers of meaning. One of the joys of my life is the continual discovery of new meanings to old and familiar passages. Here I believe Isaiah is simply telling us that God provides. Notice that the passage doesn’t tell us that God will eliminate our thirst. It merely points out that He provides the water. It’s up to us to make the effort to find it, take a big gulp, and be renewed. One of the ways we can renew our lives is to become wealthy.
Regardless of your present financial condition, God will provide the pool of (financial) water in the wilderness. It’s now your job to find it and take advantage of the opportunity. One of your first big steps is to engage the unlimited power of your imagination. DREAM! I believe that tapping into our own imaginative powers is one way we can tap into the power God has made available to us.
In fact, dreaming is not only a first step, it is an essential step. If you believe in God, in God’s words, and in God’s plan for your life, then dream. Dream big. Understand this. Attaining great wealth through our marvelous free enterprise system isn’t rocket science. You don’t have to have an advanced degree in physics, chemistry, mathematics or even business to achieve greatness.
In Robert Townsend’s 'Up The Organization,' one chapter directed at Master of Business Administration graduates contains the following bits of advice: “...I wouldn’t hire you...don’t tell anyone you’re an MBA.” I’m not anti-education. We need to keep educating ourselves as long as we can turn the pages of a book or scroll down the next page on a Kindle. However, as important as education is, it’s not the answer in and of itself. I’ve run into too many people who believe that their earned degree earns them a free ride in their chosen profession.
Education, if and when put to good use, is just the beginning. The history of entrepreneurship is filled with individuals lacking in higher education, even lacking basic education, who have gone on to create new ideas, build successful businesses, and even change the way the world operates. Don’t get me wrong. Going from zero to wealth requires education, however, it’s not what you know, it’s what you do with what you know that makes a difference. Hard work is required.
You’ll want a bit of luck. Developing a plan, networking with a support group, anticipating change, reacting to unexpected disasters or opportunities, and other actions and reactions are important. Still, nothing can really happen until there is first a dream to set everything into motion. Next, in part 2, I'll share some steps in how to make your dreams come true.
"From Zero to Wealth: The Law of Dreaming Big," by Omar Periu
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