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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