I was at a Toastmaster meeting today, and one of the speakers mentioned a quote by Pablo Picasso. He said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Were we, as children, all artist? What happened? Was Picasso right? I think he was right – partly.
Children do have a very vivid imagination. They are curious, creative, imaginative, artistic. And as such, every child is indeed an artist. But children can create more than just art. They can create anything they want to create. Therefore you can also say that every child is an engineer, and every child is a chef, and every child is a teacher, every child is a taxi driver. Every child has the potential to be anything he chooses to be.
Each one of us is born with the potential to become whatever we decide. We have within us the capabilities to do anything we decide. As children we believe this and we let our imagination go wild. We don’t know that there are limits and impossibilities. As children we are a bit like the bumble bee. Some people say because of the laws of aerodynamics, the bumble bee’s wings are too small to make the bee fly. But the bumble bee doesn’t know, so he just keeps flying.
As we get older we are told by wiser, older, and more experienced people that our dreams are too big, our imagination too wild, our creativity not financially sound. We are told we cannot fly, so we stop trying. We are told we’re not smart enough, so we stop pursuing our dreams.
Walt Disney was told he lacked imagination and had no good ideas. After one performance, Elvis was told by the concert hall manager that he was better off returning to Memphis to continue his old job driving trucks. Oprah Winfrey got fired because she couldn’t sever her emotions from her stories. Thomas Edison didn’t learn to speak until he was four, he didn’t read until he was seven, and he was later expelled from school. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.
The truth is, all of these people, just like you, had the potential all along to do amazing and seemingly impossible things. They refused to listen to those who said it couldn’t be done, and they did it. Do you have a dream you’ve been told to put on hold? Do you have a goal others thought was too big? Make sure you’re living your dream and not someone else’s, and that the goals you pursue are your own. They should be. It’s your choice. It’s your life.