By Hubert Rampersad, Ph.D.
You will become big if you think and dream big, you will remain small if you think and dream small. You will be successful in life if you think big and dream big. You are hallucinating if you have a big dream but have not put this dream into action. In my new book I show you how to think big and realize your big dream. I want to illustrate this with above photo that I received from Donald Trump after I did send him a copy of my books “Authentic Personal Branding For Real Estate Agents; The Ultimate Breakthrough Formula For Standing Out From the Crowd” and “Authentic Governance For Banks; Aligning Personal Governance With Corporate Governance “. On this picture he wrote: “To Hubert: ALWAYS THINK BIG“.
To become a powerful personal brand like Donald Trump, you need to formulate your big dream to make it a reality. Your vision is a description of how you would like to realize your dream in the long term. Once you discover the core of your nature, your higher self, and know who you really are, you will find that it is possible to make every dream come true. In Walt Disney’s words, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Henry David Thoreau said— “If a man advances confidently in the direction of his dreams to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours……Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Ralph Waldo Emerson believed that— “Your dream is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.” By discovering and formulating your higher self, you will become visionary and will find out that you have something unique to offer. Your work is to find out what that is, and to work at it with passion and love, just like Donald J. Trump did.
Once you better understand who you are, what your genius and unique talents are, what you stand for, what your long-term intentions are, and what type of relationship you would like to have with others, it will be much easier to channel your energy in the right direction, to achieve a dream which is worthy of your effort. Also remember what Bill Clinton said: “Once you know where you’re going, it’s a lot easier to decide what steps to take to get there. If you don’t know where you’re going, you can work like crazy and you would be walking in the wrong direction”. To be successful in life you must know the meaning of your life and take the responsibility to define your dream and to write it down. Defining your dream is about working out your destiny. Also remember what Eleanor Roosevelt said: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams’
Everyone has the responsibility to identify his/her own dream and to respond to it with love and passion. In this way you will become a visionary soul. Visionary people like Donald Trump are imaginative, idealists, innovators, and creators. They know their genius, dream, higher calling, and know what the meaning of life is. They make the world go ’round. Since everything starts with ideas, everything comes from them and begins there. Remember what George Bernard Shaw said: ‘The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them’. You have to be able to dream outside the box. Also remember what Walt Disney said; “If you can dream it, you can do it”. Here are some individuals who defined and implemented their authentic dream successfully:
Donald Trump’s dream was becoming President of the United States of America and rebuild the country. The 45th President of the United States wants to build the next generation of roads, bridges, railways, tunnels, sea ports, and airports and spend a heck of a lot of money to do that. He will manage America as a CEO.
Dave Liniger is the visionary leader of the Denver-based global real estate franchise RE/MAX he co-founded with his wife, Gail, in 1973. His dream was— Build a real estate powerhouse where experienced, productive agents would keep more of their commissions and enjoy the freedom to run their business as they saw fit. Forty years ago, Linger revolutionized the real estate industry when he created the RE/MAX business model, which combines a maximum commission concept with world-class support services.
Gary W. Keller is the founder of Keller Williams Realty International, which is the largest real estate company in the world by agent count. His dream was—To be the largest real estate agency in the world. He said: “Anyone who dreams of an uncommon life eventually discovers that there is no choice but to seek an uncommon approach to living it….Don’t let small thinking cut your life down to size. Think big, aim high, act bold. And see just how big you can blow up your life…. ”.
Oprah Winfrey’s dream was/is—Female empowerment. This dream is the guiding principle of her brand, the emotional connection with her audience. She said: “Create the highest, grandest dream possible for your life because you become what you believe. ….Hold the highest dream possible for your life and it can come true …. Go for your highest and greatest dream for your life and align your purpose with the flow of your life. …Follow your passion…Sooner or later, your passion is going to win out and nobody can stop you’.
Walt Disney’s dream was– Making life more enjoyable, and fun. His dream came from his unique ability (his genius) to see the entire picture and from the fond memory of the past
and persistence for the future. He was a pioneer, innovator, creator, imaginative, and aesthetic person who followed his dream with passion; the possessor of one of the most fertile and unique imaginations the world has ever known. He built his brand by pursuing his dream with passion. He 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.”
Barack Obama’s dream is—brings about real change, change that we can believe in. Parts of his speeches: “America is a land of big dreamers and big hopes. It is this hope that has sustained us through revolution and civil war, depression and world war, a struggle for civil and social rights and the brink of nuclear crisis. And it is because our dreamers dreamed that we have emerged from each challenge more united, more prosperous, and more admired than before…….It’s change that I’ve been fighting for over two decades ago. Because those dreams – American dreams – are worth fighting for”.
Mahatma Gandhi’s dream was- Achieving freedom through the path of non-violence. He was the man who played a significant role in achieving independence for India from the British Empire with his simplicity and strong willpower. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi believed in living a simple life. He proved to the world that freedom can be achieved through the path of non-violence.
Martin Luther King, Jr. dream was– Free at last. Part of his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1964: “I have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed; ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood……And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire…… Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. ……From every mountainside, let freedom ring…..Free at last! Free at last!
Nelson Mandela’s dream was– A free and just society in South Africa. He made conscious choices based on what he truly stood for and got credit for his relentless commitment to his dream. His dream of transforming the racist society of South Africa into a multiracial democracy lasted more than 50 years. His determination to pursue that dream with passion and love, to keep fighting despite intense torments to both his people and himself, carried him to a day in May 1994 when he became the president of all South Africans.
These role models have proven that if someone has a big dream, thinks big, responds to it with passion, has the courage to pursue this dream, has faith in him/herself, and lives according to this dream, this dream will guide that person’s life and will result in purposeful and resolute actions. The mentioned role models took the responsibility to identify their dream and to respond to them with love and passion. Stop complaining and do not blame others for your failures. Take the initiative and the responsibility to think and dream big and to develop and implement your big dream as well, and keep it at the forefront of your mind each day. Anyone can deliver peak performances and be successful in life, because all of us have the genius within us to do so. Success is not something that will come automatically or something that the world will define for you. It’s what you define in your ambitious dream and in the way you pursue this dream.
Remember what Marva Collins said; ‘Success doesn’t come to you …you go to it’. You must have a big dream in life, just like Donald Trump, and love what you do, if you expect exceptional success. You will surely have it, since people who think big, ask for it, wish it, dream it, fix it in their mind, visualize it, feel it, allow it, respond to it passion, attract success. In my latest books “Authentic Personal Branding For Real Estate Agents; The Ultimate Breakthrough Formula For Standing Out From the Crowd” and “Authentic Personal Brand Coaching; Entrepreneurial Leadership Brand Coaching for Sustainable High Performance“, I explain in detail how you can develop and realize your big dream successfully. Join our related master class Authentic Personal Branding for Real Estate Agents .