Of all the things that the modern generation could be accused of, I think the one that has the most universal truth is lack of commitment.
These days everyone has a wild eyed dream they want to follow and achieve – usually as a result of a society that expects dreams to be conceived and followed rather than an actual desire – but very few people ever follow through on their aspirations.
After all, the road to achieving high flying goals is often long and hard, filled with obstacles that take a lot of effort; it’s just too easy to give in, stick on the telly and order a pizza.
But for some people (mainly those that were born before the 70s), making a commitment is something that matters. For those truly astonishing individuals that can create companies from nothing, write stories of hope from abject poverty or change the world with nothing but self-belief, sticking to their dream is a matter of pride and unending dedication.
But all those kinds of people pale in comparison to a man called Augustin from Honduras. A man left paralysed by polio, whose dream was to build and fly his own helicopter. A man with little education and even less by way of money and resources who dared to dream big.
Please give yourself 10 minutes to watch a life’s work.
I can’t decide if I’m left with a sense of tragedy that Augustin has not, and may not ever get to fly. But I don’t think I should feel that way, because to me Augustin is a man at peace. He believes in his dream and is willing to follow it irrespective of time or cost.
So the next time you’re thinking about taking the easy way out of a task you know you should be doing to the best of your ability; the next time you are willing to trade your ambition for a lazy day off, do yourself a favour and emblazon the name “Augustin” across your mind. Remember that it is not the achievement that matters most, but the work you did to get there.