know that this changed world in which we live is demanding new
ideas, new ways of doing things, new leaders, new inventions, new
methods of teaching, new methods of marketing, new books, new
literature, new features for the radio, new ideas for moving pictures.
Back of all this demand for new and better things, there is one
quality which one must possess to win, and that is DEFINITENESS
OF PURPOSE, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning
DESIRE to possess it.
The business depression marked the death of one age, and the
birth of another. This changed world requires practical dreamers
who can, and will put their dreams into action. The practical
dreamers have always been, and always will be the pattern-makers
We who desire to accumulate riches, should remember the
real leaders of the world always have been men who harnessed, and
put into practical use, the intangible, unseen forces of unborn
opportunity, and have converted those forces, [or impulses of
thought], into sky-scrapers, cities, factories, airplanes, automobiles,
and every form of convenience that makes life more pleasant.
Tolerance, and an open mind are practical necessities of the
dreamer of today. Those who are afraid of new ideas are doomed
before they start. Never has there been a time more favorable to
pioneers than the present. True, there is no wild and woolly west to
be conquered, as in the days of the Covered Wagon; but there is a
vast business, financial, and industrial world to be remoulded and
redirected along new and better lines.
In planning to acquire your share of the riches, let no one
influence you to scorn the dreamer. To win the big stakes in this
changed world, you must catch the spirit of the great pioneers of
the past, whose dreams have given to civilization all that it has of
value, the spirit which serves as the life-blood of our own country—
your opportunity and mine, to develop and market our talents.
Let us not forget, Columbus dreamed of an Unknown world,
staked his life on the existence of such a world, and discovered it!
Copernicus, the great astronomer, dreamed of a multiplicity of
worlds, and revealed them! No one denounced him as “impractical”
after he had triumphed. Instead, the world worshipped at his
shrine, thus proving once more that “SUCCESS REQUIRES NO
APOLOGIES, FAILURE PERMITS NO ALIBIS.”
If the thing you wish to do is right, and you believe in it, go