John F. Kennedy
“Dare to dream, surprise yourself with what you achieve
and create a better future for all of us.”
These were the words of the Prime Minister at the end of his 45-minute speech to NTU students at a dialogue held on Tuesday. In Singapore Inc, where economic interests are placed above all else, such a statement is both cruel yet telling.
It is cruel because the realities of life in Singapore make it so impossible, yet we are told to try, if only to realise that our dreams are what they are – a figment of our imagination – or not “dreams” at all. Yet it is telling because dreams have become but means to an end, the latest driver of our economic engine, a way to “create a better future for all of us.”
To the Prime Minister, dreams are only fulfilled when you “surprise yourself with what you achieve”. But why must we “achieve”? Is it so we can become achievements? And what are dreams if they must be forced to reach a predetermined point? Are you still dreaming if you have already awoken to the cruel reality of Key Performance Indicators?
Aspire to fulfill our dreams as we should, to be tied down by the burdens of “achievement” we should not, for the dreaming is more important than the dream. The dream is an end in itself, the “better future” is in being able to dream. Such was the American Dream, defined by freedom and liberty. Such also, is the precondition for dreaming – freedom and liberty.
PM Lee’s dare to dream is therefore a challenge we must take up. Dare to challenge the status quo, dare to pursue freedom and liberty, dare to make it possible to dream. Only then can we dare to dream dreams.
What if you knew that no matter what you did in life, you couldn’t fail? Would that change your mindset towards achieving? Would you approach life with a confidence that you never had before? Would you attempt to do things that you wouldn’t dare try before? You bet you would. However, the fear of failure holds so many people back from achieving the greatness they were destined for. Fear of failure often prevents people from even trying to achieve. I want you to look at failure completely different from the way you look at it now. I want you to look at failure as just an outcome. If you don’t get the outcome you are looking for then you just change your approach and try again until you get the outcome you are looking for. Look at failure as your friend, because you learn from your failures. Henry Ford said, “Win or learn, there is no failure.” Use failure as a stepping stone and not a stumbling block. Each failure is an opportunity to begin again more intelligently. Each failure gets you closer to achieving the results that you desire. Over time so many people have been so close to achieving their goals but they gave up at the last minute, don’t be like these people. Don’t get intimidated by failure, get motivated by failure. Get excited about your failures because at least you are achieving a result. This way you are always successful at getting results. Learn from it and try again with a better approach. You must never quit trying, no one who has achieved great success went through life without failing several times. Failure is just a part of the process of achieving greatness. Failure is only bad when you accept it as your final outcome. So from this point on, look at failure totally differently, look at it as an outcome. Keep changing your approach until you get the outcome that you desire. Stay committed to achieving your goals with a relentless pursuit and I can assure you will always achieve anything you desire. Always look at failure the same way that Henry Ford did, as a learning experience, making you a better and stronger person. Never forget the awesome words of Henry Ford, “Win or learn, there is no failure.”
Think big and dream bigger.
WE HAVE TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH PEOPLE DARE TO TRY NEW THINGS
Dare to Be Different!
Becoming a people pleaser is one of the easiest things we can do…but it can ultimately make us very unhappy. When we begin pleasing others, we begin to hear comments that make us feel good about ourselves. That’s okay as long as we don’t derive our sense of worth from it. People are too fickle for us to place our sense of worth in their opinions. We’re worth something because God says we’re worth something—not because of what people think or say about us.
People pleasers allow others to control their lives in order to gain acceptance and approval. But God doesn’t want us to be easily manipulated or controlled by others. We shouldn’t let other people’s opinions of us control our actions.
At the same time, we must walk in love. We can’t just do anything we want, whenever we want, with total disregard for the feelings of others. We can’t say, “I’m going to do this, and if you don’t like it, that’s tough—that’s your problem!” The Bible commands us to love others, and love doesn’t behave that way. However, we must not allow people to manipulate and control us to the point that we’re never free to be who we are. If we do, we’ll always try to become the person we think others expect us to be.
The world (those we know and deal with on a daily basis who may be family, friends, people in the neighborhood or even in the church) is continually trying to conform us to its image. The word conform means “to be similar in form or character; to behave in accordance with prevailing modes or customs.” Romans 12:2 says, Do not be conformed to this world (this age),…but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind…It’s then that we find the good and acceptable will of God for our lives.
People will always try to fit us into their mold, partly due to their own insecurity. It makes them feel better about what they are doing if they can get someone else to do it too. Very few people have the ability to be who they are and let everybody else be who they are. Can you imagine how nice the world would be if we would all do that? Each person would be secure in who he is and let others be who they are. We would not have to try to be imitations of each other.
God wants to take us, with all our weaknesses and inabilities, and transform us, by working from the inside out, to do something powerful in this earth. If we’re going to overcome insecurities and succeed at being ourselves, we can’t continue to be afraid of what everybody else may think. We can’t continue to allow others to fit us into their mold. We are different! We are unique! God created us this way to accomplish His purposes here on earth.
by Joyce Meyer
You may as well say, ‘That’s a valiant flea that dare eat his breakfast on the lip of a lion.
William Tecumseh Sherman
To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.
To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.
Charles Caleb Colton
We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.
We must dare to think ‘unthinkable’ thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world.
James W. Fulbright
We must dare to think unthinkable thoughts.
J. William Fulbright
We must dare, and dare again, and go on daring.
Georges Jacques Danton
The minute a person whose word means a great deal to others dare to take the open-hearted and courageous way, many others follow.
The most difficult thing in the world is to reveal yourself, to express what you have to. As an artist, I feel that we must try many things – but above all we must dare to fail. You must be willing to risk everything to really express it all.
The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.
The secret is to write just anything, to dare to write just anything, because when you write just anything, you begin to say what is important.
There is no such thing as a long piece of work, except one that you dare not start.
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
Thomas A. Edison
Those who can bear all can dare all.
Marquis De Vauvenargues
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Only when a man’s life comes to its end in prosperity dare we pronounce him happy.
Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!
Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level.
Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.
Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.
Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.
John Stuart Mill
The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.
John Stuart Mill
If we dare to come closer to our fellow human beings, we will be able to see and understand them better.
Kjell Magne Bondevik
In order to conquer, what we need is to dare, still to dare, and always to dare.
Georges Jacques Danton
It is impossible to win the race unless you venture to run, impossible to win the victory unless you dare to battle.
Richard M. DeVos
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
It’s not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It’s because we dare not venture that they are difficult.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Let a man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim: Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world yields, or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and you will succeed.
William Makepeace Thackeray
Men never cling to their dreams with such tenacity as at the moment when they are losing faith in them, and know it, but do not dare yet to confess it to themselves.
William Graham Sumner
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