When I was a child, I had a dream. I dreamed to be a fighter pilot in the Navy. I watched Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards in the movie Top Gun and all of a sudden the fire of flight burned inside me. The excitement of strapping into an aircraft that would be thrown from a aircraft carrier and take me from zero to 150 mph in mere seconds. Then having the awesome responsibility of such a powerful aircraft behind me as I flew through the sky. To tear through the clouds at close to the speed of sound then, with a simple press of the throttle, surpass the speed of sound. Following in the footsteps of Chuck Yeager so many years before me. To be part of such a close knit group of people, flying some of the most advanced aircraft in the world.
Then reality hit. I was a small geeky little kid, with flat feet, bad eyesight, and a serious motion sickness problem.
Not many fighter pilots can wear glasses and vomit bags and be successful. I know medically I will never be able to accomplish this dream. But even knowing this……I still dream it.
Why do we yearn for what we can not have?
Why do we dream about the impossible?
What if the only thing that holds us back from what is impossible, is simply the fear of failure?
We all doubt ourselves sometimes. We question ourselves if we can do what we believe we can. We may think our idea can’t be that good, it’s never going to work. Nobody will believe in me. Nobody will invest in me. How can I possibly succeed?
The truth is, everybody fails in life. We all will struggle at times.
“I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.” Thomas Edison
When failure is put into this context, what is it that we are truly afraid of?
I fear my life won’t be remembered.
I fear wishing I had tried to do what I thought was impossible
When I fear self doubt will choke the life from the desire to succeed. I look to those who came before me.
“The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if they fail, at least they fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
The journey is not determined by failure, the journey is determined by your ability to keep working to achieve your goals even after failure.
So believe that the dreams and ideas no matter how improbable, are possible. Then go out and work to make the impossible, possible. Do not listen to those that did not reach for their dreams. Do not listen to those that have given up. Never give up on yourself, never give up your hope. Get out there and work to make your life. Go out there and make all of our lives better by what you do. Just like so many great people before us.