We are the Music Makers and We are the Dreamers of Dreams...
Did you ever see the movie, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory? It was released in 1970 and starred Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. If you haven't, stop reading and go watch it, then come back. I'll wait.
Ok, now that you have seen it, there's a scene I want to point out. It's when the kids are taking a tour of the chocolate factory and they go into a hallway with "lickable wallpaper". As Willy himself says, "The strawberries taste like strawberries! The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!" That's when Veruca Salt interrupts him and says, "Snozzberries?! Whoever heard of a snozzberry?"
At this, Wonka squeezes her cheeks, looks her in the eye, and says, "We are the music makers. And we are the dreamers of dreams..." then lets her go and they continue on their way.
It was an odd scene to me, but I was curious where that line came from. Turns out, it is part of a poem called Ode by a poet named William O'Shaughnessy. In part it reads,
We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
Anyway, like I said, weird.
But, it also made me think about entrepreneurs. In reality, that is all we are really doing. We are creating music and we are dreaming dreams. We are painters and our canvas is our business. We create, we innovate, we build, and we grow things. We make the world go 'round.
As a college student my wife and I would go grocery shopping once a week together, usually very late at night when it was less crowded. The store was open 24 hours so we'd go in at 11pm or midnight. Typically, I would wander away from her and go down the magazine aisle to read all the money-making magazines like Entrepreneur, Small Business Opportunities, and Home-Based Business. I would read all the ads and get excited about selling carpet cleaning services or glow-in-the-dark star patterns for kids' bedrooms.
I eagerly thumbed through those pages as I dreamed and schemed on how to make my millions. My wants and desires have evolved over the years, but I've never stopped dreaming.
That's one thing that entrepreneur's are good at...we are all dreamers to a certain degree. But, what really separates the great entrepreneurs from the mediocre or even good ones is the ability to turn those dreams into reality. There is nothing quite like taking an idea and turning it into its physical equivalent through precise execution. (In fact, this is so important that I created a podcast dedicated to this very idea: The Pragmatic Idealists)
The music is made and the dreams come true then through our ability to get things done. This is where the real magic happens. If you find yourself at a standstill or you have plateaued a bit, then I would encourage you to stop thinking so much and start doing. That's how you are going to make your music.
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