Thursday, June 12, 2008

And you can dream, So dream out loud.

Well, there you have it. Bono - U2's front man and co-founder of DATA has given us all permission.

I know that given our own daily struggles and lives that dreaming can sometimes be a pipe dream and something that only the few lucky one's can do. So I thought I'd give us all some hope and introduce you to a few people just like you and me who have managed to make some noise from dreaming...

Warren Macdonald lost both his legs in a climbing accident a number of years ago. Now he's a sought after motivational speaker. Oh yeah - He's still climbing mountains.

How about Frank O'Dea? You have probably never heard of him. But if you've ever visited a Second Cup then you've tasted just part of Frank's dream. Not only is he a co-founder of Second Cup but he is also a former homeless person. That's right. His dream of living out-weighed his other option - dying.

Finally, there is Erin Gruwell. Erin you may have heard of. Especially if you watched the movie, The Freedom Writers. Erin was a teacher who not just had a dream but a passion to positively impact her students. Her struggle and victory story not only became a book and a movie but also a foundation - Freedom Writers Foundation.

What do these three inspirational people have in common. They not only dreamt out loud. They achieved amazing results by pursuing their passion. Warren's passion is the outdoors. He still pursues life's peaks.

What is your passion? If you know then PURSUE it. If you're searching, don't give up. Your song is worth the struggle.