We Are The Masters of Our Fate

12 04 2012

Last night I watched the PBS documentary “Being Elmo” about puppeteer Kevin Clash and his lifelong dream to work for Jim Henson. While I admit that I like nearly every other Muppet on the face of planet more than I like Elmo, the movie was absolutely riveting. Because It isn’t about puppeteering as much as it is about one man’s dream and what he does to see it become a reality. It’s about all the sacrifices that are made along the way so that the dream can come to fruition. This is what I found so interesting about this movie: it’s one man’s single focused approach of going against the odds to do what he feels he is destined to do. I so admire that sort of drive in people. I can relate to it but I cannot claim to possess it. I’m much too scattered in many different projects. But when I see someone so intently focused on one single goal, it truly amazes me.

This movie could have been about growing an award winning sized pumpkin or winning a spelling bee or a chess championship. It could have been about anything because the common thread in all of those stories is that there are seemingly average people in the world who do absolutely amazing things. This is a result of them having the innate ability to dream a big dream while awake and then take steps to make sure it comes true. I’m a big believer in everything being possible with enough effort. I believe in wanting something bad enough to not let failure deter you. The people who are not afraid to dream and then are steadfast in the steps they take to see it through do eventually obtain their dreams. The biggest limits to obtaining our dreams are ourselves. People willing to sacrifice sleep, social lives and other comforts in order to not miss out when opportunity comes knocking are ultimately the people who most often succeed.

What have you been dreaming about? What’s holding you back? You can begin taking steps today to make your dream a reality. You can do it but you have to want it. You have to want it more than anything you’ve ever wanted. You have to be willing to sacrifice for it. You have to be willing to take some lumps. You have to be willing to fall down and pick yourself up and try again – sometimes over and over until you get it right.

The world is our oyster. We are the masters of our own fates. Our dreams, our realities, our futures – they are in our hands. Everyday we get closer or farther from them. The choice is ultimately ours.








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