… And We are the Dreamers of Dreams.
I’m increasingly captivated by the idea that some people become successful while others do not.
A recent movement in the company where I work has highlighted the fact that some people move up. They are the people who are perfect for the bigger role when it comes along. They have terrific management and interpersonal skills, and they are usually a joy to work with. I’m interested by the idea that there are individuals who are going to be more successful – earn more, have more influence, command more respect, than others who are happy to remain ‘safely thus’.
What makes some people want more, and some happy to remain where they are.
Still from Lawrence of Arabia. Absolutely mesmerising.
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.“
– T. E. Lawrence
While I’m sure we all dream of success, there are two different kinds of dreamers. The dreamers of the day and the dreamers of the night. Dreamers of the day are the ones with their eyes open, making it possible.
There is a wealth of resources online, for free, to people who are willing to look for it. The market is flooded with literature on professional development, time management, and setting goals. What I’ve realised is that there is always help available to people who are willing to look for it.
Not all of us are born with great leadership or management qualities. Skills are earned with education and training – great managers have invested in their skills and provide more value to the company in which they work.
Here are some of my favourite career advice resources.
The 47 Habits of Successful People, The Muse
Moving Your Career a Gear Up, The Guardian