The following video is about a bunch of people who were all very different from one another. They each did different things, and lived mostly in different times. But they also have a lot in common. They were all rejected by many people, people who were supposedly more knowledgeable and successful than they were. They were told they were no good at what they were doing, and that they should try something else. But all of these people had a vision of what could be achieved if only they stuck with it. And when they refused to give up, people thought they were crazy, delusional, or just wasting their time.

All of these people went on to become legends. They rose to the tops of their respected fields, and changed the world around them. To this day we feel their influences, and I’m sure we will continue to for a long time to come.

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”

The Beatles were rejected by Decca recording…but they were also rejected by many other recording companies before they finally found one that would give them a chance. Walt Disney dealt with so many people who thought he could never achieve his dreams. He had this idea for a film project that people thought was crazy. His own wife thought it was doomed to fail. He invested all of his savings into it, and even mortgaged his house in order to pay for it. People around him called it “Disney’s Folly.”  But he had a vision of what this project could do. That film was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and turned the Walt Disney corporation into what it is today.

Visionaries are rarely understood by anyone when they’re in the process of making dreams come true. Like everyone, they have their good moments, and they have their bad moments. But even when they’re doing well, people around them don’t always understand the bigger picture. Really though, that’s okay. If everyone understood a vision, it would no longer be a vision, would it? Even after Thomas Edison invented the quadruplex telegraph, did anyone really think he would go on to contribute some of the most influential inventions in history? Even after Abraham Lincoln won his first election and became a state representative, did anyone really expect him to eventually become the president who would keep America from falling apart, while leading it through a crisis in which we saw economic modernization and the end of slavery?

Everyone dreams. Some people dream only at night and when they wake they leave their dreams behind, keeping them only as wishful thinking, often forgetting that they had even dreamt at all. And then there are people who dream awake, who refuse to let someone else’s skepticism bring them down. In doing so they become a dangerous adversary to the opposition, for even if the entire world were to think them worthless, they would be able to rise above it, for the worthy dream of one person is worth far more than the words and actions of millions who were too disdainful to try.

“Excellence can be obtained if you care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, and expect more than others think is possible.”