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Mohammed Al Medfa

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What would you tell children about pursuing their Dreams and Changing the World?

Hi everyone,
I'd like to ask you all what you would tell young people, whether your own children or people you've never met - about pursuing their dreams and trying to change the world?

With permission from each of you, I would like to ask to quote some of the answers that are provided in a video I'm creating for a project of mine that is all about encouraging people to pursue their dreams and aiming to better enable them to do what they truly want in life. I'd love to credit each of you by name, but if you'd rather I don't, just let me know.

These quotations will be put alongside some beautiful works of art about dreams to create a kind of 'Dream Wall' that is filmed as part of the video.

I'm looking for any honest feelings you have. And am really excited to see what this great community thinks about something so wonderful and, I think, central to this period of great opportunity.

Thank you so much.


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    Dec 12 2011: I would start by quoting Goethe:

    'Whatever you can do,
    or dream you can, begin it.
    Boldness has genius, magic and
    power in it...'

    Don't let anyone make you believe you can't achieve something without having tried at least once first. Persistence, if the key doesn't fit, try another door, another window, learn to climb. Being unlucky is not an achievement. Put the work in, commit and practice integrity, the chances of achieving these dreams will increase greatly. Give yourself permission to aim and miss but be ready to pull yourself together and try again.

    And finally, what I'd say is that the world doesn't need to change it just needs to be treated better. Practise love, compassion and integrity and the world will already be a better place just by you being in it.
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      Dec 19 2011: Thank you Helena! I'm sorry I didn't comment on this earlier, I agree so wholeheartedly with your last sentiment. I just wanted to make sure I added my thanks before the thread closes!

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