The value of Dreamers who are Doers

Galileo Galilei, a famous Italian scientist, championed the idea of heliocentrism, the idea the planets revolved around the sun. Pope Urban VIII had a geocentric view that the earth was the center of the universe. The public viewed him as a heretic and Galileo spent the rest of his life under house arrest.

In 1943 the chairmen of IBM, Tom Watson, stated “I think there is a world market, for maybe five computers.” Popular Mechanics stated in 1949 that “computers in the future may weigh more than 1.5 tons.” Steve Jobs built his first Apple III computer to which critics responded that it was poorly designed and due to poor ventilation, it crashed frequently.

Dreamers are those that have a unique vision to change the world. In a society that finds comfort in stability and routine, new knowledge if often critiqued harshly. Dreams are for those not based in reality is often spoken by the naysayers.

In 1915 a British Military leaders once commented “Caterpillar land ships are idiotic & useless. Those officers and men are wasting their time and are not pulling their weight in the war.” The land ship he was referring to was the first armored tank. A Yale management professor responded to a paper turned in by his student, Fred Smith, “The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C’, the idea must be feasible.” His idea was an overnight delivery service. The company he founded based on this idea was Federal Express.

Dreamers that become doers have one thing in common, the ability to learn from failure and persist through those moments with new inspiration. Thomas Edison described this quality in his statement “If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”

A young Italian named Gugliemo Marconi came up with the idea that he could send messages through the air without using wires. His friends, thinking he had lost his mind, took him into custody to be examined at a psychiatric hospital. He went on to be the father of the long distance radio transmitter and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1909.

Cody, Kristi, and their coworker came up with the idea of conducting unique and engaging science and engineering activities in a high energy atmosphere filled with music and staffed by college students. The idea was thought by many to be entertainment without sufficient educational content. The program has grown and now travels coast to coast, leaving students, teachers, and their parents seeing the world of science and engineering differently, filled with wonder, excitement, and possibility.

A man named David Sanders worked odd jobs as a youth such as farm hand and steam boat operator. As he grew older he opened a restaurant which failed due to its location. He was convinced he had a good recipe for chicken and went door to door trying to sell it. Someone finally invested in his idea and he opened his first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at age 65.

Einstein stated “we can’t solve problems using the same kind of thinking that created them.” Dreamers who are Doers change the world each day because they believe in possibilities and are dedicated to turning dreams into reality. Make sure you thank a dreamer today for what you will enjoy tomorrow!

Steve Patchin is the director of the Center for Pre-College Outreach at Michigan Technological University