Saturday, April 5, 2014

Achieving Dreams

All of us, at some time or another, have had a dream. It does not matter what the dream was, the point is that all have had one. And more likely than not, we have had one which may seem like we will never achieve.

That's the the thing about dreams; most of the time they are destinations. They don't seem to include (at least at the beginning) the long and hard road it will take to achieve them. However, if a dream is really worth having, it will be worth all the tears, pain, and sweat needed to achieve it.

I bring this subject up because I have a dream (no, it is not the same a Martin Luther King's, although I hope his becomes a reality at some point). That dream is to receive a PhD in philosophy from a top ten program (hopefully the University of Oxford), become a professor of philosophy, and become the preeminent philosopher of Mormonism, similar to Thomas Aquinas of Catholicism.

However, that dream will require a long, bumpy road. For starters, getting into Oxford will require nearly a 4.0 GPA, an excellent GRE test, and an excellent sample of written work. Still, even this will not be enough because Oxford takes only 40 students a year for their graduate program. So, it will require luck as well.

The dream is important, but working towards the dream is more important. If we do all we can and trust in that Being who governs all things, we will never come up short. Maybe some parts of the dream may go unfulfilled,  but that just does not mean that all the dream has to. For instance, I may not get into Oxford, but I can still get into a great program and become a great philosopher.

The key to all of this is planning. In regards to our dreams we must ask ourselves each day" What can I do today so that at the end of the day I will be one step closer to fulfilling my dream?" That will vary for the dream, but their is always something that we can do today that will put us on the path to achieving what we can and want to achieve.

Never give up on your dreams. Impossible is nothing. Dream big, work hard, and all will be well.


  1. Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.

  2. Yes, Tarik - the dream itself has no other purpose than to motivate our efforts. The efforts and the things we learn along the way are what's important. Once the dream is achieved, then what? You aren't better because you "achieved", you're better because you "learned". Nice post!

  3. A wise post. Thanks for the inspiration.

    I support you wholeheartedly in your dream, by the way, and think you're a great candidate for the job (I hear the church pays their preeminent philosopher really well these days :)) and already well on your way.