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“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
C.S. Lewis

Remember the early mornings when you’re still young? You’ll wake up and run straight outside to see how beautiful the sunrise is. You breathe-in possibilities, you’re taking every second with eager expectation that anything could be more colorful. You don’t care what others might think, you declare to the world that you would make a difference.

You couldn't wait to tell others what are your dreams. With your group of friends under the shade of a tree, you enthusiastically speak how you would make things better, how much happiness would be available. We couldn't wait to live in our passion and fulfill our inner desires.

But one day, a whisper tells something else.

You received your test paper and it was signed red, you missed excellence.

You've taken other tests and the majority of your scores are good, but not all. Now, you heard that whisper again that not everything is possible, and the troubling thing is they it came from the people you respect: parents, teachers, and friends.

“Be realistic, you can’t do that.”

“We can’t afford that. We’re poor.”

“Fairy tales are just fiction. They are written to entertain, not to convey reality”

“Dreams are just for the innocent. When you encounter real life, you’ll understand what I mean.”

“You can’t …”

And that moment came when you yourself said those words that you now silently believed “Maybe, just maybe they are right. I... I can’t.”

We grew up. We've forgotten the childish things and even the dreams that once made our hearts soar with anticipation. We've settled for ‘the real life’. The comfortable one, the one who will never return a paper with red marks.

We say that we’re realistic, but in reality we just became chickens.

We enumerate all the hindrances, but rarely mention the ways.

We've sat down and seek entertainment, but rarely stand up and find achievement.

The excitement of winning was replaced by the fear of losing.

But I’m telling you, WAKE UP! We’re not designed by God for this! We are meant for so much more. We are created to be more than conquerors. It’s not about attaining perfection, it’s about your courage to try. He’s not requiring us to succeed, He’s just encouraging us to never ever quit.

Read history. Read the lives of people who made the difference in our world. They are unreasonable. They don’t let the ‘realities’ and disappointments of this life to steal their dreams written in paper and in their hearts.

They didn't think inside the box, they think without any sort of box.

They are labeled ‘weird’, ‘geek’, ‘ridiculous, ‘stupid’ and ‘unreasonable’. They ignored the labels. They believed when no else do. They have taken the next step without knowing all the steps.

Yes, they failed. Actually, they failed a lot. But still moving forward, ignoring the scars. Their eyes are still focused in spite of the tears.

For me, one of the greatest model of this is the ‘original rebel’ Steve Jobs. Rejected by his biological parents, he was adopted by a couple disconnected to him by blood, but fully connected to him by hearts. Nurtured in love and trust, Steve grew up and never drop his childlike wonder.

He founded Apple with Steve Wozniak, became a millionaire and a public sensation. But the unthinkable happened, he was fired out by the company he founded. He swallowed the biggest mocking of failure.

But he was not done, he founded Pixar and NEXT computers. Through all the years, he became the foremost advocate that technology can be embrace by ordinary people and they can express remarkable simplicity, art and beauty.

In remarkable turn of events, Apple acquired NEXT and he became Interim CEO (iCEO) of his first company. His original vision for the company was still burning. He created the campaign ‘Think Different’ not for the costumer but for the employees of Apple to reignite the dreams that was faded.

The campaign featured the people who ‘Think Different’ throughout history: Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr, John Lennon, Thomas Edison, Pablo Picasso, Mahatma Gandhi and other remarkable individuals. They are not gifted people, they are the people who are willing to ‘Think Different’ and act different from the rest.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

With Steve Jobs in Apple for the next years, the company soared and became the most valuable company in the world. It became the company synonymous with innovation, simplicity, beauty and perfection.

How about you? Would you dare to rediscover your dreams and with God’s help, have the courage to try again?

One of the worst ending we could have in this life is to found ourselves crying full of regrets that we don’t even try. Cry at the end of your life because you have scars and you made a difference in others.

Pray hard, seek wisdom, and act courageously.

Think Different. Act Different.


Ged De Vera said...

But I’m telling you, WAKE UP! We’re not designed by God for this! We are meant for so much more. We are created to be more than conquerors. It’s not about attaining perfection, it’s about your courage to try. He’s not requiring us to succeed, He’s just encouraging us to never ever quit.

this words captured my heart sir boni thank you very much.. never quit.. :)

Bonifacio III Manalili said...

Thanks, I believe I'm the one who need to hear that message everyday.

Ged De Vera said...


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