I have recently been introduced to the music of Jack Savoretti in the shape his ‘Between the Minds’ CD, especially his haunting chorus Whatever happened to the dreamers? He sings of the dreams lost, the decline of true visionaries … and the hole that leaves in our world.
For many of us, our dreaming was snuffed-out at school or in education … we were told ‘Stop dreaming boy!’, ‘If you don’t stop dreaming and get on with your work you’ll be no-one; get nowhere!’, ‘Get real!’, ‘What good is it if I can’t touch it?’, and ‘In your dreams!’
Thankfully, more recent discoveries show the important of dreaming in our creativity … and it also shows the paucity and severe crisis in business and world because the creatives just aren’t there any longer. Intelligence isn’t just about answering questions that are posed … sometime it’s about looking beyond those questions to the root of the problem, making connections that weren’t otherwise there, being creative, dreaming a little, from which the true life-changing solutions arise.
Suppressing dreams is not only fatal to our own development and fulfilment, it is also death to our business, society and world as a whole.
The great news is that there is evidence of a resurrection of the dreamers!
I often wonder what would have happened if I’d followed my inclinations to dream. What would have been the impact on me, my family, my friends, my business, my self-perception, my insecurity .. my life?
Never give-up dreaming.
Take time to dream.
Dream against the odds …
… and bring about change.