Wednesday, May 18, 2011
For four weeks a summer I felt set free to roam and play and explore in Rocky Mountain National Park at Cheley Colorado Camps. Every day we'd head out into the world adventuring and every evening, tired battered but happy, we would make our way to the boys dining hall to refuel for another round. On the high supporting beams of the log-cabin style dining hall were small wood planks with old quotes and sayings burned into their sides. Most of these quotes were corny and forgettable but one struck me differently.
Dream Big Dreams, Then Put On Your Overalls.
I'm pretty sure that at 9 or 10 years old, it took a few days (fine, maybe a few weeks) to figure out just what it meant. But since the moment that the meaning jumped out and slapped me in the face the quote has stuck with me for better or worse. In the grand scheme of life I've spent the majority of 28 years dreaming dreams and only putting on the overalls (or speed suit) for only the grandest of them. There's nothing wrong with dreaming. It's fun, it's healthy and it's what keeps us moving forward towards a goal. But at a certain point you have to get to work.
I have a list of gripes about this MBA that would make the Dean's face go pale(r) but it's clear to me that the MBA is here to show us how to put on the overalls. If, after two years in a college of business you can't fast track dreams to action then I would ask for a refund.
I still haven't decided exactly where I'll be fast-tracking dreams when all the essays are written and the final exams turned in but I have a sneaking suspicion that they probably won't let me wear overalls...