Wisdom from Daniel Wong

I’ll confess that I’m an idealist at heart. I feel shy admitting this because idealism has a pretty bad reputation.

Most of us think of idealists as people who dream big dreams but who don’t know how to make things happen. Idealists are known for being impractical and naive. They often see the world as they would like it to be, not as it really is.

But I’d like to make the case for a specific kind of idealism: Realistic Idealism.

Before I get to that, I’ll say with absolute conviction that anything great that has ever been accomplished has been founded on idealism.

  • The Wright brothers and the invention of flight.
  • Florence Nightingale and the founding of the modern nursing profession.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement.
  • Sandra Day O’Connor becoming the first female Supreme Court justice.

None of these achievements would have happened without a hope, a dream, a vision, a set of ideals.

I’ll bet you that countless people mocked the Wright brothers for believing they could fly, and that few people thought Sandra Day O’Connor would become the first female Supreme Court justice.

If any of the people listed above had listened to the naysayers who were just being “realistic,” how differently would history have turned out? …Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.

Daniel is a project engineer, a speaker and the author of The Happy Student: 5 Steps to Academic Fulfillment and Success.

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24 comments

Jennifer C.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks.

Angie B.
Angela B.3 years ago

Realism is all encompassing with the media feeding us our daily dose whether we want it or not. Idealism brings colour to the black and white of reality.

Mary B.
Mary B.3 years ago

You bet we have to be idealist! Ideals and hope for a better future inspire us foreward. Motivation pushes from behind with warnings of what will happen if we don't do something.
Can you imagine living a world where the institution of marrage was still stuck in the 13th century?Right now we're stuck in a world where the monetary system that was designed for the industrial age keeps us from dealing with the needs of an over-populated world where in many countries far too many don't have any way to exchange for the basic necessities of life.Yet any call for the distribution of wealth over a broader base brings forth howels of socialism, as if what is needed now has any resemblence to what was tried before. People live in the past instead of imagining what needs to be done, and no, no one can come up with a plan all laid out because the steps can only be revealed as we move into the new ideas, so getting used to uncertainly is a given. Going back to a romantisized version of the past, is NOT idealism.

Natalie Scerri
Natalie S.3 years ago

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Natalie Scerri
Natalie S.3 years ago

Thanks for the article. Even though the articles in care2 are always factual, they may sometimes be 'heavy' reading; instead this article makes for an uplifting experience. Please give us more!

Magdika Cecilia Perez

lovely

Shell S.
Past Member 3 years ago

Great article and so true. Thank you : )

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey3 years ago

Nice article.

Spirit Spider
Spirit Spider3 years ago

I'm an idealist at heart too. Nice post, thanks.

Bob P.
Bob P.3 years ago

thanks