I had the amazing opportunity to spend this past weekend at a place called Deer Run plantation. It is owned by a man named Doug Ivester, and he is the one I quote in the title of this blog post. What an interesting thought.
I had never thought in terms of dreams vs memories. I suppose I am young enough that I don’t think much of having greater memories than dreams. But at some point, I suppose that we must reach a level of success that it would be easy to look back at our life with envy and a longing sense of nostalgia.
I took alot away from this past weekend, but this thought was the final thing we heard from Mr. Ivester, a man who has had more success than most people could ever dream of. And yet he still genuinely has bigger dreams than memories. His dreams are to fulfill the dreams of others at this point in his life. In Mr. Ivester’s words:” If you can help somebody else achieve their dreams, that is the true definition of success.”
Wow. Two great thoughts – two thoughts that I needed to share. I hope at the age of 63 I will still be able to say that my dreams are honestly bigger than my memories – alive and well and ever-changing. And I also hope that I can live my life in such a way that I define my success in terms of the fulfillment of the dreams of others. So, if there is ever anything I can do to get you there, please, let me know.
In the mean time dream big friends, create memories, and revel in the success of those around you.