Recently I attended the TEDx event in Exeter. If you haven’t heard of TED, TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged,TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. TEDx is an event set up by an independent group in the TED format. The format is to get some prominent speakers that relate to a single topic and give them a short time, usually about 15 minuted to share their ideas and findings. They would also include a couple of entertainment acts too. The entertainment acts at the Exeter event were an English poet laureate and a dancer.
The talks at the event were related to “Dreams into Reality” the most well known speaker was Al Gore ( He wasn’t actually there in person but he was shown giving his TED talk in an American TED event slightly earlier this year). Al Gore is passionate about saving the planet. He has dreams of a green planet being powered by renewable energy and an end to pollution. When he started his campaign his dreams and goals seemed impossible but some of them have been achieved and even exceeded in cases.
“Dreams are reality waiting to happen” – Nick Jonas
So what are your dreams? In my previous post I looked at new life, If you are unhappy with your life you will probably have lots of dreams that you wish would turn into reality for you. You may feel, like the people at the start of Al Gore’s campaign, that your dreams are just impossible to achieve.
Throughout the talks there were a few key things that helped the dreams become reality. They were teamwork, perseverance and belief. So let’s look at them.
If you look at your big dreams they will seem too big to handle, maybe they are. Wouldn’t it be a lot easier if you could get a couple more people to help you, or even 10/100/1000 people to help? Of course it would. I read that there was once a competition to find an object that was hidden somewhere in the world and that the person that found it would win $1 million. The clues that were given were very specific to the objects location but could relate to thousands of places around the globe, for example there are woods near by. The winning person made this a team effort, he used social media to help. He created a group and stated that if he found the item he would share the winnings, the team he managed to create included hundreds of people around the globe looking for the location based on the clues. Each person would be searching in a small area compared to the whole world and wouldn’t have to spend a small fortune on travel.
The key to this is that as a team you can achieve a lot more than working alone and spend a lot less time, effort and in some cases money to achieve your dreams. Use social media if it helps and gather together lots of like minded people to help you in your aim, visit events and meetings of people like yourself and get yourself a working group. Some people may have already got a lot closer than you and can share their ideas and even their resources with you. There are over 6 billion people in this world, it would be silly to think that you are the only person with the same type of dream, however strange.
Perseverance and belief
Think about all of the famous people in the world, do you think that they got there by mistake or found it really easy? In most cases they found their journey to the top hard and were faced with problems along the way. I can’t tell you about them all so I’ll just pick three examples. Have you heard of JK Rowling and her Harry Potter books? Sure you have as they have even been made in to films and even areas in theme parks. Did you know that she had quite a rough life for a while and got her manuscript and Harry Potter ideas rejected 12 times by different publishing houses? If she had given up and just tried something else who knows what she would be doing now. Walt Disney also started with almost nothing, he left his home town with a small case that including some drawing equipment and ideas to draw cartoons. He failed so much that he decided to change career and seek his fortune in Hollywood as an actor. Guess what? That failed too, luckily his brother helped him to open a cartoon studio and the rest is history. The final person in my trilogy is Thomas Edison, a man who is very famous for inventing the filament for the light-bulb, Direct Current and getting power to people’s homes. He also failed many times before he succeeded in achieving his dreams.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” – Thomas Edison
I’m sure that their lives would have been very different if they hadn’t believed in themselves or had not persevered and kept on trying.
If you use these three things then your dreams may just become reality sooner than you think.