“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too can become great.” Mark Twain
In 1978, I started becoming 'close' with a childhood friend of mine. We didn't want her family to know of our closeness. Not that we were doing anything wrong. Just didn't want them to know. The explaining and all..no one would believe there was nothing going on. In the ensuing years of our brief and sweet friendship, we had long conversations just about everything. I always wondered why of all the guys that hung out at her house, it was me she was most attracted to. (the guys were at her house because of her brothers actually...just guys hanging around after work).
As years went by, we saw less of each other. Then one fine day, I received a form in the mail. It was from a Bible College. To my amazement, my friend applied to study at the Bible College and put me down as one of her References. She wanted to serve the church full time. When I read the mail, I thought for awhile...like as if I should determine what's right for her. What audacity. I did reply..in the negative. No! was my reply. She was not ready. As if I knew. I was not even sure where I was heading in life and here deciding that my friend was not ready to serve full time in a Church. Of course God's ways are higher than mine. She was accepted into Bible College and till this day serves the Church.
Back to the here and now, it is evident everywhere. We have people wanting to pursue a dream only to have their friends even their love ones discouraging them. Giving reasons why it will not work for them. In the realm of motivation, these people are called 'Dream Stealers'. One of my mentors, Ms Eva Lawrence, one of the richest woman I personally know says of these 'Dream Stealers'...run away from them...run...run...run.
To those out there, if you have dreams, goals, wishes, go and fulfill those dreams, goals, wishes. Run away from those who do not encourage you in your pursuit of these dreams. If we do not have them, let us not discourage those who have. Yet I've been told that if we help people fulfill their dreams, we will fulfill our dreams as well. That's the way the universe works. Only great people and achievers know where they are now and where they came from. They know the journey because they have traveled that road. Only small poeple think they know. That's why they have not moved anywhere. They are still thinking.