Commentary and opinion on national and regional politics by Seema Malhotra

Saturday, 2 May 2009

The Power of Dreams

When you look at the people who have made real changes to our world, our expectations or our way of thinking, there are often common characteristics you associate with them. We call them inspiring, inspired perhaps, determined, passionate, committed to their cause.

But what is also a powerful force behind the movers and shakers of our world is the power of the dream. An account of Walt Disney as an entrepreneur on the American website describes this beautifully in the article Inside The Magic Kingdom: How Disney Achieved Success. It reads: "He Followed His Dreams: “You reach a point where you don't work for money,” Disney said. He reached that point early on in his career; he had pursued his passion to the point where he had made it successful and his work became a pleasure. "

I believe there is a lot more we can do to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit in our nation. And that what will result is an increasingly powerful nation, empowered and confident through the creation of dreams and the courage to realise them. It is not just Martin Luther King and other greats of our world who have had dreams; dreams that have inspired others even beyond their own lifetime. It is an experience we all have before we condition ourselves to shut down our out of the box thinking about how the world can be different. On the first day of Labour's thirteenth year in power, I'm going to state my dream; that this country comes alive with spirit that each person has to change their life and the world around them.