One fine evening my sister called me up from her induction training program and told me to remind her that she has to tell me a story about few great men who were told by their General Manager. Then she went ahead and asked me, “Hemu, what would you do if you had another life?”, I was confused but I said, “I’m not sure but maybe I’d try harder and work on my dreams… ummm… where is this going?” “Okay, you pass… Will tell you the story, remind me. See ya!”
For days that came as torture I kept asking her to please tell me the story since the suspense is killing me to which she only said, “Have patience. I’ll tell you when I come, I just can’t wait to see your face when I tell you.” A month later she came back and after we were done with our works we set in our cozy beds and talked over a cup of tea as the cold winds blew the curtains giving us a view of the stars twinkling outside in the dark skies. “So, are you ready? This is something you would like.” I looked at her with curiosity and asked her to carry on but to hurry.
Few great men set in a round table. God was sitting in the middle. Apparently all of them had died and gone to heaven. They were happy and were chatting among themselves when God cleared his throat loudly and everyone looked at him. God asked how they are feeling now, “to be in heaven?” Everyone began saying something and they had lingering smiles on their faces. “I am glad you like it here but before I let you enter the grand heavens I ave one question for you, answer it and enter heaven. So each person was handed over a small piece of paper with a question and few blank lines for an answer.
They looked at the paper for few minutes, some of them smiling, some thinking deep, some began writing already. When the time came God asked them to come to him one by one and hand over their answers… One after one those gentlemen began to get up from their seats and handed over their answers to God. When God was done reading all of their answers he opened the gates of heaven for them and they all entered happily.
When the gates closed in behind those men the curious messenger of God asked him what was the questions, what was the answer and how did they all made it to the inner gates of heaven? God smiled bright and gave him all the papers, urging him to open the folds and see for himself. The messenger began to read one paper after another and then another… When he had read all the papers he laughed and God laughed with him… Are you also wondering what was in those papers?
God’s question was: “What would you do if I gave you another life?”
All the great men answered: “I would dream MUCH BIGGER DREAMS.”
So, that’s how the story went. I thought to myself
– Whatever dreams maybe, whatever we decide to make them. Dreams require hard & smart work. Brainstorming ideas and coming up with something worth while is fun process. I have so many dreams I want to make into reality that it overwhelms me at times but it is so much fun as well.
Failure is a necessary evil. Failures teach us things that success simply can not. The way we view our successes and failures are different. You gotta own it, whatever happens. There’s a reason why failure is called the first of many steps towards success. Failure teaches us that even though it is difficult and some failures may happen but it is there, the golden light, it is there and it’s yours for the taking – if you want it, go and get it. Get over yourself aka let go of your ego. Ego is the main obstacle in the path of success. Failures teaches us to let go of that ego and adapt to what is necessary, it teaches us to be smarter! Surely ego makes you “something” but when you stop being something you give yourself a chance to be some more than you would expect yourself to be. Once you let your limits disappear a whole sense of new world takes over and it drives you forward.
Dreaming much bigger ain’t all about money, success or power to rule. It is about listening to the fire within, it is about giving your all to what you want, whether you want to write the next big novel or startup an IT business that will lead you to be a great capitalist. It is failing ten times and trying 11th time because you just can not give up. It is only the dreamers who have changed the world, those who didn’t give up on their dreams. They struggled through poverty (J K Rowling, Walt Disney, Charlie Chaplin etc), they studied about their passion after a long tiring day at work (Henry Ford, A P J Kalam etc), they survived and kept working for their dreams until they made their mark (Jim Carey, Will Smith, Dhirubhai Ambani etc)… The thing is dreams are like the burning fire that you need to stay warm, stay alive.
If you are going to say you do not have any dream than I must say I am happy for you. You have the sky full of possibilities waiting for you and you have got luck in your favor because you can be the new beginning my friend. 🙂
So as I said with the first picture of my today’s post, “listen to the wise ones. Don’t settle for unwanted materialistic life. Live and thrive to be the best you and don’t give up. Dreams don’t come easy.”
What do you want to do if you are given a chance at being you again?? I sure am going to dream much bigger and have fun. 🙂 What about you?