Make way for these young dreamers

There are dreamers. There are dream crushers. At a young age, typically dreams are in front of our eyes, much to look forward to.

As we grow in years, some of those fade and the perspective of the world begins to change.

What happens to these young dreamers who once with youthful energy had an extraordinary vision then dissolved into mediocrity?  Perhaps disappointment came along the way, or belief in oneself began to alter, or the challenges faced steered those dreamers away.

It could be as well that our perspective itself about our dreams would either make us or break us. Dreams are not concrete cement. Dreams do evolve as our experiences and learning evolves.

We may realise there's a different way of achieving what we are passionate for. It is what we stand for and our purpose that embraces our dreams to evolve, grow, re-orient and remain alive. It is a choice not to fall back into mediocrity and to step up to bring a form of unique value.

Let's take the classic example of Steve Jobs. When the Board of Apple threatened Jobs out of his company that represented his dream and vision, Jobs did not fall back into mediocrity thinking his dream has been crushed.

He knew what he stood for and his purpose which led him to start another company NeXT until he was then asked to return to Apple.

Fundamental insight is to keep on going, trying different pathways if certain doors close and not to make a haste judgment that there's no place for my dreams in this world.

The inner spark to dream and aspire to contribute to something great is within all of us. Some acknowledge it, some are afraid to do so, and some deny its existence.

Some may acknowledge their dreams passively, becoming masters in finding excuses of why it's not doable and holding others or the environment accountable for those excuses rather than themselves.

Others keep it hidden within afraid of admitting it, thinking of how others will perceive them or are not ready to embrace the change it brings.

Their dreams remain an inner burning desire or fades away by time. There are also those who state dreams are exclusive for a few people, not taking a moment to reflect on themselves and what their unique dreams are.

Some have convinced themselves dreams have no place in their real world: no place at all, except for those sleepy moments.

Meanwhile, there are those few that acknowledge their dreams proactively; pursuing them, ready to face its challenges, action the work to make it happen, and not giving up in failure or mistakes but learning from it to make progress. It would help for the youth to reflect on where they see themselves and have a wake-up call before they give up or before they settle for smaller dreams.

It would help as well for officials to realize what role they play in enabling those dreams to stay awake, and to capture them so that they transform to action steps.

Dreams are not bound by a specific category.

We all have different interests and passions. Dreams also have no age bound. A senior might realize it is never too late to pursue a particular dream.

Those who step up at a later stage become an inspiration for the youth and community at large.

The case of Colonel Sanders, founder of KFC, is known to have gone to over 1,000 places trying to sell his chicken recipe but faced a series of rejections, one after another.

Seven years later, at age of 75, Sanders sold his company for US $15million. That's one of the leading examples of persistence towards his dream.

Oman has young dreamers. You might notice some of them, and others might keep it their secret. Some are also unacknowledged across rural areas but have a dream lurking within them.

Without the dreamers we would not make extraordinary strides. Oman needs such dreamers and to highlight their stories. Make way for them. The world also needs them.

The author is a senior executive at Knowledge Oman. All the views and opinions expressed in the article are solely those of the author and do not reflect those of Times of Oman.

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