There was a boy who came from a poor family. This boy’s education was constantly interrupted. During his senior years, he was asked by his teacher to write a paper about his dream when he grows up. Immediately after school, he went home and wrote a ten-page document describing his dream of owning a horse ranch someday. He even describe this in great detail and drew a map of a 500-acre ranch, with all the buildings, stables and tracks. Even more astonishing is that he drew a detailed floor plan of a 2,000 square-foot house that would sit on his 500-acre dream ranch.
However, when he later he received his paper back from his teacher, he was surprised to see a large red “F” and a note saying, “See me after class.”
The boy went to see his teacher and asked why he received an F for his work.
“This is an unrealistic dream for a boy like you. You don’t have any money and you came from a poor family. You will just be disappointed because there’s no way you could ever build this,” the teacher said before adding, “I’ll give you a consideration if you could rewrite it with a more realistic dream.”
To the teacher’s surprise the boy turned in the exact same paper after a few days without making any changes at all.
He politely said, “Ma’am, it’s OK if you keep the “F” but I’ll still keep my dream.”
Today, that boy is Monty Roberts, an owner of a 2,000-square-foot house in the middle of my 500-acre horse ranch. He kept the school paper laminated as a reminder that no dream is too big when one works hard to achieve it. We should always try making dreams come true no matter what.