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Dreamers and Doers

Dreamers and Doers

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Edward de Bono wrote that scientists and engineers had proven that man-powered flight was impossible because a human couldn’t generate enough horsepower to raise a plane off the ground.  Then Paul MacCready did it successfully because he didn’t know it was impossible.

What would you do if you didn't know it was "impossible"?

As Walt Disney said, "It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”   Disney was a dreamer and a doer.  He was a man of action.  He said, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”   Walt Disney turned dreams into reality.  According to Walt Disney, the secret of turning dreams into reality is the four C’s: Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy.  (See Walt Disney Quotes for a more comprehensive list of Walt Disney’s mantras and thoughts.)

When you study success, “action” is the active ingredient.   Edward de Bono agrees that there are "describers" and "doers", where describers are happy enough just to describe or explain something in detail, while "doers" use action to test their ideas and get feedback.

Edward de Bono is fan of combining thought with action: “… there is a continuous synergy between though and action.  The suggestion is that you cannot smell a flower at a distance – you have to get up close to it.”

Walt Disney was a fan of combining imagination with action.  As Walt Disney said, ““I dream, I test my dreams against my beliefs, I dare to take risks, and I execute my vision to make those dreams come true.” 

Even the best laid schemes of mice and men, often go awry, when the rubber meets the road.  You fall down, you get back up, you learn, you change your approach, and you try again.

And that’s where Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy come into play.

It’s how you make your dreams happen.

In the words of Walt Disney, ““If you can dream it, you can do it.”