So many of today’s youth aspire to be famous. But fame is fleeting, and the chase is often unrewarding. Unfortunately, fame depends on how others see you. Greatness comes from within. It is divinely inspired from the very depths of one’s soul. It can never be taken away and should always be treasured.
Handel’s Messiah touches the soul. Handel reached deep inside and produced an immortal masterpiece. Greatness isn’t just found in music. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln reached within themselves and produced great and lasting results for all mankind. In the modern world, an inspired Steve Jobs created an entirely new technology and associated business.
Through hard work, inspiration and against all opposition, an individual can create a new and significant reality. I was fortunate in this regard.
It started when I was reading a report about the future of technology. The report had been assembled by a stellar team of military experts. But something was missing. This team was encumbered by the status quo. They were thinking inside the box.
I am an engineer. When I thought about genetic engineering, I didn’t see genetics, I saw engineering possibilities. This one flash of insight opened up a phenomenal world of possibilities. No longer was genetics restrained by medicine and agriculture. New structural, electronic, optical, sensory and yet to be discovered aspects of chemistry and physics were suddenly everywhere.
Mary Kay Ash is quoted as saying ““Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve”. When you advise someone about life, tell them to aspire to greatness. (Anybody can be mediocre.)
America’s greatness comes from the God given rights enjoyed by its citizens. No other nation, particularly those that suppress the divinity in their people, can ever match America. Wilma Rudolph is quoted as saying, “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”