The cynic and pessimist in you will never accomplish anything worthwhile…
Optimism—even if considered naive, irrational, or foolhardy by others—is essential to all human progress.
Hopes and dreams are so easily crushed by fear, self-doubt, and self-consciousness—so easily crushed by trusting the cynics, critics, and naysayers. But dreams really can, and really do, come true. Never let anybody tell you different.
Large or small, what matters is that your dreams are your dreams—dreams that flow naturally from your core values and from your unique endowment of blessings and burdens—not from the expectations of others.
An authentic dream will make you as you make it. It will teach you, give you courage, confidence, and conviction, and reveal talents and virtues you did not know you possessed.
Wealth, fame, and power are not dreams. They are ambitions.
An authentic dream brings joy not just to you, but also to others.
An authentic dream fulfilled scores a victory not just for you, but for all humanity.
One of the greatest joys in life it to create something good, true, and beautiful that would not exist without you.
At the risk of being declared naïve or foolhardy, place your bets on the optimist in you, in that “crazy” person who refuses to accept NO for an answer when they know the answer is YES.
Beware of anyone who makes a virtue of the word “can’t”—yourself included.