Super Quotes #16 — How to have a dream, seeing the way forward, and persistence as power
How to have a dream (Paulo Coelho), seeing the way forward (Rumi), and persistence as power (Jim Watkins).
“If you have a dream, don't waste your energies explaining why.”
— Paulo Coelho
Your dreams for life are personal to you. It’ll often be the case that only you understand their value while others find them weird.
It’s not productive to try to explain your dreams to others, they just won’t get it. Better to spend your energy working to make your dreams a reality. Then everyone will clearly see and understand their value.
“As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”
When you have a long way to go on your journey, it’s hard to see the future. There’s so many unknowns and so little information.
But here’s the trick: if you don’t move, you won’t uncover any of those unknowns or gain any new information. You have to start your journey with whatever you have. As you make progress you will learn and grow, revealing the way ahead.
“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”
— Jim Watkins
One big slam of water against a rock doesn’t do much damage to it. But over time, with continuous strikes (both big and small), water eventually corrodes even the biggest and strongest rocks.
This is a metaphor for being persistent in life. When you’re working towards a big goal, it may not happen overnight even with your strongest effort. But if you keep chipping away at it, never giving up, eventually the rock will break and you will achieve your goal.