When I was a teacher, I didn't really have class rules. I did have three slogans though. One of them was dream big. I remember when I would come to my students with an idea. It sounded crazy, it hadn't be done before, it probably would fail. Yet, at least one student would look at the others and remind them of our class slogan. Dream Big. Often, that was all it took for the kids to buy in to my idea.
One time, a student asked me if I had written a book. I told them I had. They were so excited and asked me if they could get it at any bookstore. I told them, I had written a book, but not published it. I remember this student looking at me with a blank expression, then asking me, "Why not?".
Good question. Why not? Why hadn't I published my book? Fear? Insecurity? Doubt that it would succeed? There, in the eyes of one of my students I saw what I lacked. I saw hope, I saw faith, and I saw the inspiration I needed to dream big.
All this time, I had been telling my students to do that which I was so afraid to do myself.
I'm not saying that I have a book published, or that you can find it at your local bookstore (much to my student's chagrin), but I did ship it off to publishers.
I have also been thinking about what else I should do. What else should I take the leap on? I have many dreams, but not many are pursued.
What about you? What would you do if you couldn't fail. Then of course, the question that follows is;
why aren't you doing it??