The picture to the left is the Elgin National Watch Factory Observatory, a picture from 1994. I remember going to the observatory while my kids were still small and seeing the stars from inside the building, projected on the ceiling. It was like being in a cloudless, lightless evening staring at the sky. It was a cool experience I wish I could share with you, although I believe you can visit the observatory yourself today. It is at 312 Watch Street in Elgin, Illinois.
Now if seeing the stars within the Elgin Observatory is not good enough for you, there are many places throughout the country where you can look at the stars without having city lights dim them. Or maybe your goal is to see the stars from outer space. That dream is possible through much training and sacrifice, but is a much bigger dream.
I say all of this because I really want you to seriously consider going for your big dream. Especially if you are in high school and dream of a college degree. You can accomplish this goal, and you can accomplish this at the college of your choice. Probably the bigger question is what do you want to do with your life? I am sure that the college education is not your ultimate goal, but a stepping stone along the way. Would you like to be a policeman or fireman? Would you like to be an actor or musician? Would you like to be a talk show host, news anchor, or sports announcer? All of these dreams are very possible, you just have to pursue excellence in your chosen profession; you have to be the best at what you do. And you can be… if you really want your dream to become reality, you will try your best to be the best.
Parents, please support your young dreamers with their dreams of choice. The scary thing is that they just might make it. They just might be excellent at what they do and raise the next generation to new heights. It is worth the risk you have to take to get them there.
My dream is not nearly as glamorous as my childrens’ dreams. I have three children and one is an excellent salesman, one is a promising actor, and one is a promising musician. My son Jeffery graduates from AMDA in Hollywood next month and has already been an extra for Glee and CSI. My daughter Chelsey heads to Belmont University this fall and is hoping to be a songwriter and musician. Big tough dreams. But I have to tell you that falling short of a big dream is much better than falling short of a small one. Maybe they will or maybe they will not get their ultimate dream, or maybe it will be even better than they hoped.
I have always felt that I have exceeded my expectations for myself. But what if I had gone for a larger dream? Where would I be today? I am not saying that I regret the path my life has taken, I do not. But it is always curious to think about what might have been.
Originally posted 6/23/2011 on businessfizz.com