There were several quotes I kept around me during my formal days of study.
One that I kept in line of sight and reviewed over hundreds of days while working towards that first degree was this:
“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be. Your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.”
This held a lot of meaning for me because it represented the importance of envisioning graduation and spurred me on to do what I needed to do that hour and day ahead aligned to the week and month and term and semester ahead.
I held that dream of graduating close knowing full well it was not enough to ‘dream’ and then ‘become’.
The line above comes from the book ‘As a Man Thinketh’ (yes a slightly outdated, to say the least gendered book title, but the words within it are pretty darn interesting).
Some years after graduating I reconnected with a friend in a coffee shop. As a parting gift I handed him a copy of that book.
It wasn’t just a book of words I was handing but a message of encouragement to keep going.
Just because ‘graduation’ had occurred the game was not over.
The was still new work to be done. New dreams to dream. New visions to work towards.
Whether its in school, college, university, work, home, family or many other wonderful life spheres.
If you’ve got a dream, don’t wait for a someone to hand you a book.
Go after it, give it all you’ve got, fasten your seat belt, lick your wounds, get back up, learn, discover, grow, get stronger, get wiser and all the good stuff that goes with stretching yourself.
You’ll be far better off from it.
p.s. incidentally when I handed my friend that book he had already totally rocked it in his studies. This was a gesture for him to continue rocking it…which he did and does.
p.p.s after all these years he still dedicates regular time to deliberate learning…it’s part of the process.