A while back, I spent a wonderful weekend in Saginaw, Michigan, with some really great…
I hope you will give this Tip your undivided attention. It could be the one to change your direction for the rest of your life!
In the early 1900’s, there were a couple of bicycle mechanics by the name of Orville and Wilbur Wright. As these two brothers worked on bicycles every day in their shop, they began to get ideas about speed and other modes of transportation. They dreamed of creating a flying machine and that dream became an obsession with them. They are credited with having made the first flight in Kittyhawk, North Carolina, just over a hundred years ago.
Before the bicycle was invented, as we know it today, it had quite an evolution. An earlier version had a front tire that was considerably larger than the back tire. It was thought that this design would make the bicycle more stable and sturdy. Actually, it turned out that the first cyclists had to be very athletic to ride that type bike because it took a lot of muscle to propel it forward. The large front tire made it very challenging to the rider.
After many experiments, someone got the bright idea to make the two tires the same size. Can you believe that was once a novel idea? I wish I could have been a fly on the wall, listening to the conversation that may have taken place that day! Finally, with both wheels being the same size, the bicycle became much easier to operate. And, as they say, the rest is history!
As the Wright brothers worked on bicycles and other modes of transportation they had a couple of really unique ideas. They decided to see if they could create a flying machine! If someone had asked Orville or Wilbur Wright what gave them the right to create an airplane, I doubt very seriously that anyone would have been impressed if the brothers had answered, “Because we are bicycle mechanics!” That would have caused everyone to laugh them to scorn.
I think what gives anyone the right to try anything basically boils down to two issues: 1) having a dream and; 2) having a desire to learn a skill set.
When you have a dream, you can see things that other people do not see. You do not look at all the obstacles. You learn to look at the finish line and the success of the endeavor you are attempting. Life is really made up of dreams. I pity the person who does not have a big dream that causes them to get out of the bed every morning and take another step towards achieving that dream. When a person lives with a dream, they truly have a life worth living!
The second thing I mentioned is learning a skill set. You will not do anything if you do not have desire to learn and grow. Once you have a dream, the effort you put forth in developing a skill set is what propels it to become reality. It happened with the Wright brothers. They had a dream of a flying machine and the hard work to learn how to bring that dream into reality, and that is what gave them the right to be the ones to do it!
I know that in some cases we must earn certain credentials in order to have the legal right to do things. I certainly want my medical doctor to have earned the right through his or her studies to perform operations whenever that is necessary! But, even in that case, before the right to become a physician was earned, there had to be a dream or a desire to pursue that profession in order to develop the necessary skill set.
In this particular Tip, I am trying to focus on the fact that you have the right to attempt anything that you dream. I know that what the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. And, your dreams are well worth pursuing! I also know you have the right, if you have desire to learn and grow. When you want to do things that make a difference in life that is what qualifies you to attempt whatever is on your heart or mind.
The next time someone tries to steal your dream or kill your desire by making fun of you, or by asking what gives you the right to pursue whatever it is that you are pursuing, just smile and say, “There are two things that give me that right. I have a dream and I have a desire to learn a new skill set, and I am going to do my very best to see them fulfilled.”
Life is so short and you should enjoy the trip by attempting to accomplish whatever goals that you have in your life. Dream big! Have strong desires! Learn and grow every day! You have the right to do that. You have the right to succeed. All it takes is for you to stay the course until you see your dreams and skills fulfilled.
Tip: What gives you that right?
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm