Dreams. We all have them. Some of us aspire to be writers, or artists, or singers. There are those who would give anything for political power, or would risk everything they have to start an innovative business that they would profit from. It’s a part of human nature to have the desire to become successful, but not all of us achieve this feat. History has left us stunning examples to follow of how to become successful, even from nothing more than a dream. Dreams can inspire passion and a commitment to one’s goals, that can be the driving force behind the greatest successes.
It was May 13th, 1900. Wilbur Wright had just finished his letter to Octave Chanute, an engineer, explaining his and his brother’s dream of a way to achieve human flight. The introductory sentence of his letter stated very clearly his purpose in writing it: “For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man.” Ever since Orville and Wilbur’s father brought them home a toy Penaud helicopter in 1878, they were instilled with the dream of future human flight. As they grew older, opening their bicycle shop to fund their experiments in flight, they began building models of human flight machines and working hard to produce something successful. They studied birds to learn about the relationship between their anatomies and humans’, and were soon convinced that one day, their dreams would produce something that would change transportation forever. And it did so. They never stopped dreaming, and the dreams they had gave them the drive to keep working after seemingly endless failures.
Maybe one of the most iconic transformations from a dream to a success in history is the civil rights movement in the 1960’s, largely motivated by the acts of one individual: Martin Luther King Jr. This is a great example of how injustice and oppression can lead to dreams that drive a revolution. Ever since he was a child, his normally happy childhood was dampened by the unfortunate reality of racism, alive and well during King’s childhood. Him, his family, and others of his race were barred from restaurants, whites’ water fountains, and certain stores. The young King and his siblings were left to only dream about equality during that time, but King’s future works along with many others made that dream into reality. “The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicates to justice, peace and brotherhood,” said King in his publication, Strength to Love.
Henry Ford, the person who improved the automobile so significantly that the obscure early invention grew to change the world, came from a perfectly average family in 1863. Even as a very young child, Henry Ford was innovating, building water wheels, steam engines, and fixing watches. He was always interested in mechanics. He was hired by the Michigan Car Company in 1879 as an apprentice, were his interest only grew. Learning about horseless carriages, he began to have a vision...