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Does a dreamer have any business being in business?

Some people might call me a dreamer.

A stupid little dreamer……..but am I the only one?

 

If I could see something……

You can see anything you want boy.

If I could be someone……..

You can be anyone, celebrate boy.

If I could do something…….

Well you can do something.

If I could do anything…….

Well can you do something out of this world?

 

Is it because I have crazy ideas or I spend some of my time day-dreaming?

Daydreaming is a great thing to do in my book. Daydreaming allows you to relax your mind and it allows you to let the ideas flow. Those are both really good things but I suppose it’s seen as a negative because it can appear as if you are unproductive.

On the surface.

So, what? Would you let a little criticism dissuade you from pursuing your creative ability?

Personally I need it.

My life consists of the extremes of organization. When you are responsible for a big team and a client with a national portfolio being well organized is table stakes. Let’s just say that there are a lot of irons in the fire – all the time.

Without good organizational skills you would never survive.

Many of my colleagues may think there is little creativity in a role like this but on the contrary being creative in this role is a must in order to remain ahead of the curve. Consistently looking for opportunities to improve service, streamline process and keep a team motivated is a clear creative challenge.

 

My client is not unlike a modern day Medusa.

Mortal but lethal.

I know it isn’t a positive analogy. Turning its consultants to stone is less the interpretation than the awareness one must have of the many moving heads each with its dose of venomous sting. Portrayed as ire in the female form unable to confront it face to face the imagery paints a scene of extreme duress.

This not the case but if you lose focus it will bite.

The Hydra didn’t seem to fit the bill regardless of its ability to regenerate its heads once lopped off. Actually, maybe that is more to the point. Once an issue is slain two others surface in its place if the issue isn’t sufficiently resolved. Cauterized. That can go for pretty much any relationship though, huh?

This relationship does not deserve such a severe analogy. Greek mythology just doesn’t seem like the right approach.

 

I think of myself as a lover and not a fighter and because I also consider myself a dreamer I prefer to look at it in a different way.

 

The relationship is a garden.

It’s so much more palatable as an image, right?

Like any garden it needs attention or the weeds will take over and it can lose its beauty. It becomes unorganized. Wild. You can watch it happen. The weeds, the growth, slowly at first then gathering speed take over the well laid ground. Its lustre diminished.

Without regular focussed tending you become a full time gardener. A labourer.

Which do you prefer?

Gardening or strolling in your garden enjoying the beauty the plants have to offer?

A garden is a nice place to daydream.

A garden is an idea factory but only if you take good care of it. Attention to the gardens needs; its growth and its management offers you the time to dream.

 

Are you a dreamer?

 

 

 

 

About this Author: Ralph Dopping (195 Posts)

A quirky sense-o-humour coupled with an indelible sense of stylish sarcasm makes it difficult to take the world too seriously doesn't it? My faves: fun, passion and hard work. I work here everyday: www.designdialog.ca


45 comments
sophiesignin
sophiesignin

I'm definitely a big, big dreamer. That daydreaming used to be quite troublesome for a while, in cases where you're dug deep into your world and then suddenly forced to face reality, but as I was growing up and maturing, it became a part of my life, and absolutely something I do to relax, vent, get ideas, disappear. It's difficult to come on the ground sometimes, but what would life be without dreaming right? Great post Ralph!

Jens-Petter Berget
Jens-Petter Berget

I love to dream, I do that all the time. And that's also why I ended up writing a novel. I believe that dreaming is very important, and that it helps us relax, but at the same time dreaming can help us become creative. By the way, I looked at your thoughts on the garden and the picture and it reminds me that when I'm most relaxed I'm inside my green house doing some work with the plants. I love the smell, and just watching things grow.

Adam | Customer Experience
Adam | Customer Experience

Dreaming can be important, depending on the industry. From what I understand of what you do, I would think it would be crucial. But dreaming is almost always important to progress, where else do new ideas and visions of the future come from?

 

One caveat for the true dreamer/visionary types -- hire a good accountant. :)

Jeevanjacobjohn
Jeevanjacobjohn

Am I a dreamer?

 

Well, I do have dreams - dreams as in ambitions. But, dreams during sleep, I don't have a lot of that these days (I really don't know why). Or maybe I do dream, I may not realize it consciously.

 

Dreaming is important, I do agree (unless we are talking about dreaming night terrors - we don't want those!)

 

And about the other things you mention, team management of all is a hard thing to do (I have done team management - in school levels - it's just hard! I can only imagine how hard it is to manage a full fledged team at work).

Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes
Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes

If you aren't a dreamer you shouldn't be in business. Ok, that is not totally fair, so let me qualify that and say dreaming is critical for some businesses.

 

I most certainly am one.

Soulati | Hybrid PR
Soulati | Hybrid PR

Am I seeing a bit of melancholy from your trip to France? Here I thought we'd have a travel diary or some such; maybe a review of French wine and cheeses. C'mon, get with the program, wouldja?

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Ethical Behavior Boy
Ethical Behavior Boy

 @rdopping Everyone dreams at one point in their lives.  Dreams are what makes us want more.  If I had a choice between someone taking care of my every needs and dreaming of a bigger life, I would pick dreams because I would want more from life.

Vidya Sury
Vidya Sury

I just love the analogy of the garden in relation to relationships. It is so perfect, @Ralph Dopping  And of course I love John Lennon's song, too. Dreams take us to a higher ground, and bigger accomplishments.

barrettrossie
barrettrossie

Ralph, maybe I better hire you to consult with me on developing a compelling dream. 

Mark_Harai
Mark_Harai

Hey Ralph,

 

Every business on the planet was started by an entreprneur who put action behind their dreams.

 

We are literally living and experiencing the imagination of others.

 

Everything you see as you look out the window - the office your sitting in right now, existed in someone's mind before it became a reality.

 

Some call it dreaming; I call it vision and it frames everything that exists in this world.

bdorman264
bdorman264

Dream time, or think time is important. Otherwise it's hard to see the forest through all the trees........

 

Sometimes the biggest challenge is setting aside time to actually do it. 

ExtremelyAvg
ExtremelyAvg

I am a firm believer that dreaming is a healthy part of the creative process. This applies to finding new ways to manage people, overcoming a challenge in writing computer code, or writing your way through a tough scene in a novel.

 

When I would write SAS code for GEICO, sometimes I'd stare at my computer screen, without moving, and several hours would pass in an instant. It was surreal. People knew not to bother me when I was in those trance like moments, because it would always end with a shout and then several more house of gleeful coding. In action does not mean no action.

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JackDurish
JackDurish

As government micro-regulates business it stifles the dreams of those who created them, and they fail. Does that answer your question?

Hajra
Hajra

Most of the times. I dream way too much, I feel it is a good way of looking for ideas, maybe even finding creative things to do and maybe even encouraging better ideas at work, at home or just about anywhere. 

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Erin F.
Erin F.

At small group last night, one of my friends said I'm always looking forward. I think that's another definition for dreamer. Dreaming and looking forward can help beat negativity and discouragement.

rdopping
rdopping moderator

Hey there  @sophiesignin  I hope things have been going well for you. It's been a couple of busy months over here. Vacation and work taking me places where I haven't been in a long time and new places that are exciting. Sure, dreaming is part of how we get that big idea but being grounded and realistic is how we get the job done. 

 

It's great to see you!

rdopping
rdopping moderator

Thanks  @Jens-Petter Berget  so glad to bring some positive feelings to the fore. Glad you enjoyed it. I totally agree that allowing yourself the time to dream can help your creativity in a big way. Keep dreamin' Jens.

 

Thanks for dropping in, sir.

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rdopping
rdopping moderator

 @Adam | Customer Experience Brilliant. Yes, a good accountant is a must. Keeps one on the straight and narrow. That's one thing you don't want from an accountant thought; dreaming. Or maybe you do? Hmmmm.......:-)

 

Thanks for the comment and for dropping in.

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rdopping
rdopping moderator

 @Jeevanjacobjohn Hey there Jeevan. Glad you popped by. Dream away and don't worry about those nightmares. Sometimes there's a lesson in this as well.

 

You know, it's not as much about it being hard to manage a team more than it is a challenge to manage a team effectively. If they are enjoying the journey then you know you are doing the right thing. Happy team = happy client. There is a whole blog post in that alone which I hope to getting to writing at some point soon.

 

Hope you had a great day. Cheers!

rdopping
rdopping moderator

 Woah @thejoshuawilner you almost had me there.

 

I had a sneaking suspicion that you might fit into that category. Agreed that having a dream is a good thing for business (life in general) and I actually am coming to the conclusion that anyone who refutes that may be lost.

 

Surprising no one referenced MLK yet let alone me. Seems so obvious. Well, maybe too easy.

 

Thanks for popping by and leaving your mark. Always appreciated. Have a great Sunday.

rdopping
rdopping moderator

Hey  @timbo1973 those two things are great goals; help people and the belief that you can make a difference. You are already doing that with your family. Not a lot of guys can stay at home to raise a child. I look forward to seeing you grow in this space. You seem to be connecting well and are well on your way.

 

The conclusion so far is it's good to dream. Go figure, huh? Thanks for dropping by and reading this piece. I ever more thankful that we have great people around us that want to engage. It says a lot for the strength of this community. Have a great weekend, Tim.

rdopping
rdopping moderator

 @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing No melancholy. Au contraire! This is not a travel blog. I stick to my niche never to waver. Now that doesn't mean I can't come up with something architecture and design related about the trip. Let me think on that.

 

Did I sound forlorn? Just wait until Tuesday when my new video comes out. It will be sure to shock you, make you laugh and probably piss you off enough to write something about it. How's that for enticing?

 

So, whattya think about being a dreamer? No time for that?

rdopping
rdopping moderator

Hey  @Vidya Sury  long time! Thanks so much for dropping in.

 

Keep dreaming and tending your garden. I like the philosophy of dreaming taking us to higher ground. Fantastic! Without dreams we would simply be and even though John Lennon told us to let it be he also told us to imagine. Both ideas founded in bringing beauty into the world.

 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and eliciting these from me. Cheers, lady!

rdopping
rdopping moderator

Hey  @bdorman264  dream time is like the serenity of watching a perfect drive sail down the middle of a fairway. Can you believe I miss golf already? Yeah, I know......

 

Setting aside time to see the trees is as important as looking at things from the 50,000ft level. We do that often only because it's the only way to really get the big picture and we get a little dizzy at times while we are up there and out pops a blog post about being a dreamer.

 

Agreed, time is valuable and using it to your advantage is a critical skill.

 

Thanks for dropping in sir. Always appreciate your time! and comments.

rdopping
rdopping moderator

Hey  @ExtremelyAvg  who says you are average? Coding? I would never have guess that. What else do you have in that bag of tricks?

 

Inaction does not mean no action! I love that line. Fantastic! BTW, what was that Auzzie lizard like to work with? ;-)

 

Thanks for your thoughts Mr. Meeks sir. Always a pleasure.

rdopping
rdopping moderator

Hey  @JackDurish thanks for dropping by. It's always good to have new folks contributing here. I am honoured that you chose to read this post and that you took the time to offer your thoughts. 

 

I hear you on the regulation front. The businesses that are regulated are likely done with good reason . I am not the guy to argue this point as I have little exposure to this type of business.

 

The Architecture and Design industry deals with municipal and federal projects regularly and those projects are heavily regulated and monitored for good reason. The public interest is a sensitive issue and forces rigor that can limit creative pursuit, however, if you can see past the boundaries in a way that you don't see the boundaries as restrictive but as a challenge to create something beautiful within its confines then the dream is still alive.

 

Make sense?

rdopping
rdopping moderator

Hey  @Hajra   it seems I missed the party around here! Busy day yesterday, sheesh. There is nothing wrong with a lot of dreaming. I see it this way, the more ideas you generate the likelihood that one of them will stick is much greater. To me, saturation is important this way.

 

Just remember not to dream while you are driving. That could be disastrous! Hehe! Good to see you and thanks so much for dropping by.

rdopping
rdopping moderator

Hey  @Erin F. thanks for dropping by! As a steady dreamer I would agree. Any way to discourage negativity (see that? a negative to describe a negative - must have broken a golden rule here or something) is a good thing.

 

Forecasting is also a primary tool for success but not just business as usual forecasting but looking for ways to improve what you do. That's where the creativity comes into the fore.

 

Cheers!

sophiesignin
sophiesignin

 @rdopping It has been busy here as well, but in a good way. :) Glad to hear about you exploring new and exciting places. Enjoy yourself!

Mark_Harai
Mark_Harai

 @rdopping I loved the clip, Ralph - thanks for sharing it : )

 

Most people breathing on this planet live in their own little world and just want make sure their own problems and needs are met. That's the extent of their vision. There's nothing wrong with that, it's just a fact.

 

The people who actually accomplish significant things in this world must first be mindful (have a vision) for things outside themselves.  It's fueled by a desire to serve others and make other peoples lives and our planet a better.

 

If you have a mind for these things, it's actually a gift that you need to put action behind. The universe and all of its resources will open up to you if you fight through the resistance and stay focused on your vision.

 

Steve had to fight his entire life, through failures and forces that did not want him to succeed. His work changed the world and will continue to do so for many years to come. It was worth the fight!

 

Your big vision is there for a reason and when people don't follow this gift, there will always be a void that can't be fulfilled. It can only be satisfied by accomplishing the vision.

 

Just some more food for thought, Ralph. There are people we're connected to right here in  this community that destined to be world-changers...  All it takes is the right words at the right time to ignite a fire :o

 

Have a wonderful weekend, Ralph!

ExtremelyAvg
ExtremelyAvg

 @rdopping I remember the first really long piece of code I wrote, to analyze data about a survey GEICO had sent out. It was almost 200 pages. I printed it off just to see what it looked like. I wish I had saved that code after I left. It was pretty neat.

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Mark_Harai
Mark_Harai

 @rdopping I would have to say our 'social crew' is influencing a lot of good on the social web, including you : )

 

I appreciate you as well, sir!

rdopping
rdopping moderator

 @Mark_Harai Very much appreciated Mark. the more I get to know you the more I like what you have to say. You are what I consider an influencer.

 

Thank you for influencing me.

ExtremelyAvg
ExtremelyAvg

 @rdopping There is a lot of creativity in that any problem will likely have many different ways to approaching solving it, some more efficient than others.  When one is running several million lines of insurance data through the code, it is beneficial to have the code process efficiently.

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rdopping
rdopping moderator

 @ExtremelyAvg I'd hope writing prose is more challenging than code. Code follows strict rules and formula. I would hope the rules in prose forces creativity. That's the tough part. Is there any creativity in writing code?

ExtremelyAvg
ExtremelyAvg

 @rdopping Not automated, per se, but there are bits of code that one is able to reuse. I would estimate that 20% of the code I wrote in the previous example was cutting and pasting. The rest would have just been typing, but it isn't like writing a novel, there is a lot more blank space in 200 pages of computer code. Strangely, I can write lines of computer code more quickly than prose.

 

It is a very strange place, mentally, when one is writing out logic. Time really does stop and one can feel their brain firing on all cylinders.

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rdopping
rdopping moderator

 @ExtremelyAvg Just watch the matrix. it will all come back to you. Coding never ceases to amaze me. I assume a large part of it is automated. Please tell me that's true.

rdopping
rdopping moderator

 @Hajra  hahahahaha....thank gawd! Stay safe. :-)

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