“Build it and they will come.” In the movie “Field of Dreams” they’re referring to…wait! If you’ve never seen the film cover your eyes because…Spoiler Alert! In the movie, as it is so appropriately titled, they’re referring to a baseball player’s dream of having a baseball field in the middle of land where there is only corn for miles in every direction. Without giving away too much more of the movie, the ball player keeps hearing “building it and they will come” so much even HE starts to think his scoffers, naysayers and bullies might be right when they call him crazy.
You can open your eyes now.
History, like Hollywood, is packed with story after story after story after…well, you get it…of “crazy people” trying something different, being ridiculed in the process and then praised when their insanity discovers electricity. Or flight. Or fire. Or a yellow thing growing upside down on a tree that when peeled tastes amazing. Or a baseball team that fills the stadium which was once nothing more than an idea and a corn field.
Have you ever really stopped to think where we would be today if Mr. Edison had given up on his insane idea of illumination the first time someone looked at him sideways? Or how long it would still take to get from the US to Fiji if the Wright Brothers had said after the first attempt at flight, “Well, that really was stupid after all. We might as well go back to working for pennies for “the man” since we know THIS will never work”?
What do you think it was that kept those lunatics dedicated to seeing their own “field of dreams” come to life? How did they even know where to start in the first place? If you’ve been fearing birthing your own crazy scheme “that will never work” because you don’t even know what take to step first, consider this your push off the cliff to get the proverbial ball rolling.
- Don’t quit your day….yet. There’s more than enough time in each day to put in the play necessary to front-end load your project. (It never feels like work when you’re passionate about what you’re doing.) Research can be done any and everywhere these days. Technically you’re still required by law to get a lunch break and two 15s at your j.o.b., which will afford you a few extra minutes during your work day to dream, plan, find investors…whatever it is you need to get you to the next phase of your “silly project.” Once you’re there, then feel free to quit your day job.
- Turn off the TV. Once you get to the phase you’re actually starting to believe your concept can become a reality, nothing will be able to distract you from seeing it all the way through to the finish. Until you reach that point, though, you can always free up a few extra HOURS just by picking up someone else’s “stupid idea” now known as the remote and pointing it yet another human’s “that will NEVER work” project…aka the television. “I don’t have enough time” is an excuse to stay ordinary and miserable. After all, “if it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.”
- Don’t go it alone. Your project is going to depend on efforts already put in by someone else, so why reinvent the wheel when you’re trying to make lasers beams bendable? And by the same token, keep only the people around you who support you and your “cockamamie nonsense” because it’s been proven (by some mad scientist who said, “Hey, let’s study that wavy thing living under the bones in our heads!”) that negativity not only breaks down motivation and inspiration but also adversely affects your health all the way your core at the cellular level. In this case, keep your friends close and your biggest fans even closer.
- Don’t give up…ever! It’s almost nearly impossible not to feel defeated and even worthless when something you believe in all the way to your core doesn’t work the first time. Or the second. Or the 52nd. Even the multi-billionaires didn’t give up when they went bankrupt two, three, seven times. They took the knowledge they gained from each experience, improved on it and struggled through each improvement opportunity (since there are no such things as failures) until the lightbulb literally came on.
When you know like you know the idea within you just HAS to work, go for it! Why can’t it be you that every generation behind you will be reading about and benefitting from? You have all the greatness you need inside of you to rank right up there with the likes of Walt Disney, Mary Anderson, John Bardeen and Harry Wasylyk. Anyone can be ordinary. It’s takes someone with ideas like yours to make history and change the way the world drills for water with solar powered equipment. Or travels with jetpacks backward and forward through time and space. Or who creates a way to use plastic water bottles to build schools.
And by the way — these four steps can be applied to ANY dream you have, whether it be a singer on broadway, a life coach, a master plumber, a networking professional, or the best mechanic to ever tighten a lug nut.
If not you, then who?