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Singer Songwriter & Vocal Coach, Lizanne Hennessey - Voice Coach


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How do you turn a dream into reality?

The very first thing Martin Villeneuve says in his talk "How I Made an Impossible Film" is:
'I made a film that was impossible to make, but I didn't know it was impossible, that's how I was able to do it.'

TED is all about new ideas, different perspectives, change. We all have dreams - big ones, little ones. Our dreams may have been with us since we were kids, they may have developed later in life. To pursue a dream, you need to defy the norm, step outside your comfort zone, take risks.

Based on his own experience, Martin says that you need love in the form of support, generosity, and creativity to achieve a dream. A problem can be seen as an opportunity. If you don't have money to offer people who can help you realize your dream, then you need to spark their own creativity, offer them the freedom and space to dream. As a result, he says, "Life will dance with you in the most amazing way".

What is needed to make a dream come true? Is achieving a dream something you can do all by yourself?

Another related talk is Alex Day's "The Future of Music":


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  • Jun 12 2013: The challenges of sharing your dream with others, has less to do with your dream and more to do with the people you share it with. Some people do not believe that a person can create their own future or achieve a dream, and so will tear down your dream and you for attempting to achieve your dream. But if you share your dream with like minded persons who are in the same process they will be supportive. Whether in business or a creative endeavvor like Martin's, it is imperative to "vision cast" so that others can see what you vision is and that you are committed to it. Once they can see it they will support w funds, time, effort, counsel and more.

    We need more people like Martin who see their own dream as it will be when it is finished and complete, and then start the creative process toward that end. This will attract those needed to make the dream come true and improve the quality of the lives of each person who participates.
    • Jun 12 2013: Such a good point, Joseph.
      I agree, you need to be selective when sharing a dream that's close to your heart. Sometimes, a dream just can't be scrutinized, it needs to just BE. And some people may not accept that.

      Visualizing your dream is key to making it reality.

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