Dream Is The Drive

Highly-successful people are invariably driven by a dream,

a goal that is of profound importance to them.

But vision alone deteriorates into mere day-dreaming
unless it is coupled with diligent work. Mere vision transforms ‘
into a life-shaping attitude only when it burns so deeply in the soul
that it propels, for example, a musician to practice the guitar
until his fingers bleed, or an athlete to lift weights to
the point of utter exhaustion, or a business owner to toil late
into the night and live on little sleep for years on end.
This level of motivation causes a few otherwise ordinary people
to rise above those with superior gifts, intelligence, or opportunities.
Almost all of the world’s best musicians, athletes, poets, actors,
chess players, and writers, driven by a vision to be the best,
slogged away endless hours in obscurity.
Known as the “10,000-Hour Rule” this principle observes that
the world’s elite in every area of endeavor practiced their craft at
least 10,000 hours in order to reach the top. As Eddie Cantor,
the singing star of early radio and Broadway, said,
“It takes twenty years to make an overnight success.”

Wayne Gretzky, known to hockey fans as “The Great One,”

was renowned for his habit of being the first one to arrive at practice
each day and the last one to leave, even after being recognized
as the best hockey player of all time.
Tiger Woods, arguably the greatest golfer of our generation,
works out or practices golf from 6:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. every day.

Bill Gates learned in the 11th grade that there was a computer

terminal at the University of Washington that sat unused
from 2:00 a.m. until 6:00 a.m. everyday. Since computers
were few and far between in those days, he seized the opportunity
to hone his skills. He regularly set his alarm clock for 1:30 a.m.,
when he secretly slipped out the window of his bedroom, walked
two miles to the university and practiced programming until 6:00 a.m.
He would then sneak back home and crawl into his bed, only to be
awakened by his mother a few minutes later for school.

The Beatles performed for five and a half hours every night,

seven nights a week, for 27 straight months at four clubs in Hamburg,
Germany before becoming famous. This amounts to 1,200 concerts
before they ever came to America. By comparison, The Rolling
Stones have played only about twice that many concerts in 50 years!

Bobby Fisher was a chess grandmaster by the age of

16, but by that time he had already been studying relentlessly for 9 years.
Michael Phelps, who won eight gold medals in the Beijing Olympics in 2008,
swims for six hours a day, six days a week, without fail.

Pablo Casals, the greatest cellist who ever lived,

practiced six hours a day even at the age of 95.

Thomas Edison’s typical work day lasted 18 hours.

It is no wonder that he was issued 1,093 patents.

Liu Shikun, one of China’s most brilliant pianists,

was imprisoned from 1949 until 1956 for his refusal to renounce
western music. Though denied a piano for those seven years,
he nonetheless emerged as an even better pianist than before.
How? He spent those seven years practicing relentlessly every
piano piece he had ever learned—on an imaginary piano!

Winston Churchill, one of the 20th century’s greatest orators,

was known to practice his speeches almost obsessively.

Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric,

has maintained a work schedule averaging 100 hours per week
for more than 25 years.

Warren Buffet, one of the world’s greatest investors,

is renowned for his daily routine that includes hours of
poring over graphs, charts, and articles looking for
investment opportunities.

Every great leader or highly successful person

is marked by a clear vision

and an unending zeal to make it come true.

Such an obsession drove Alexander the Great to conquer the world
by age 33, and Abraham Lincoln to persevere through the Civil War
to preserve the Union.

Mother Teresa was motivated by spiritual passion to give up all her

worldly belongings and move to the ghetto of Calcutta, India,
where she spent decades ministering to the poor, the orphaned, and the
Billy Graham invested a lifetime of effort in his quest to promote the gospel.
Leaders who are driven by grand visions succeed in direct proportion
to their ability to infect the people around them with their dream.

A classic example of this phenomenon was Martin Luther King, Jr.,

who stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC
and declared, “I have a dream, that this nation under God shall rise up
and live out the true meaning of her creed:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal….”
Such dreams are contagious because they are noble, rather than self-centered ones.
People are magnetically drawn to those who passionately hold dreams that are great and good,
believing that those who catch such visions are made better by them.

If you have a Dream,

If you don’t have a Dream, and don’t know how to get one..,

If you have a Dream but don’t know how to go about make it a reality..,


Dream Is The Drive

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October 3,4,5  in Richmond VA.

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