Brain Food #630

When visions become prophecies

Thoughts of the day

When you set average expectations of yourself and others, you lay the foundations for average results.

Similarly, how high you set the bar determines how high you can go.

Carl Sagan, perhaps the most eloquent explainer of our time in terms of how the universe works, or, more accurately, what our role in the universe is, highlights the power of the imagination in defining our path.

The visions we offer our children shape the future. It matters what those visions are. Often they become self-fulfilling prophecies. Dreams are maps.

—Carl Sagan

Think of artists, of writers, of musicians, of astronauts, of sportsmen and women, of scientists, of public figures, of someone you admire. They, too, were once a child, possibly with a normal life, and an infinite ability to imagine.