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'It’s Only a Dream Until You Write It Down, and Then It Becomes a Goal'

Before I get to the point here, I'd like to set forth the Rules of LBW Procedure (as decreed by me), which govern this blog's jurisdiction over any given story:

1. It was discussed on a legal blog;

2. It is law-related; or

3. Special jurisdiction under the "Pick of the Litter" theory*

I am asserting jurisdiction over the insights below on "How a Dream Becomes a Goal" based on #1 above (it appeared on Heather Morse-Milligan's Legal Watercooler blog), and also because after 40+ years of having never heard the key quote below, I've now heard it twice in two days from completely different sources.

Emmittsmithhof Moving on. Morse-Milligan writes that she accidentally wound up listening to Emmit Smith’s induction speech into the NFL Hall of Fame, which she found "incredibly inspiring." Morse-Milligan particularly liked the the part in which Smith explained the difference between having a dream and fulfilling a vision.

Smith says that at a young age, he learned a key lesson from one of his high school coaches: "It’s only a dream until you write it down, and then it becomes a goal."

Smith said that:

By the time I was 20, I wrote, I want to play in the Super Bowl, be the MVP, become the all-time leading rusher, and finish college, because I promised my mother I would. Over the course of my career, all of those things came to pass, and I know that writing down my goals was an essential strategy.

"It’s only a dream until you write it down, and then it becomes a goal." Remember that.

* The Pick of the Litter theory was invented by the owner of a dog kennel that I once visited. He told me that all of the dogs cost $200, except for one particular dog (that looked exactly like all of the other dogs) that cost $250 because he was the "pick of the litter."

"Why is that one the pick of the litter," I asked? 

"Because I picked him," he said.

Posted by Bruce Carton on September 2, 2010 at 12:32 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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