Doubt Steals Dreams

This is a story about a young man who worked with his father as a horse trainer. During his high school years, he went from stable to stable training horses. One day, his teacher asked his class to write a paper about what they wanted to be and do when they grew up.

That night he wrote a 7-page paper describing his goal of owning a horse ranch. He wrote in great detail and even drew a diagram of a 200-acre ranch, showing the stables, the track and a 4,000 square foot house. The next day he handed his paper in.

Days later he got his paper back. On the front page was a large red F. Confused, the student went to see the teacher after class and asked, “Why did I get an F?”

The teacher said, “This is a fantasy not a realistic vision of your future.” The teacher went on listing reasons this was fantasy, concluding: “If you will rewrite this paper with a more realistic goal, I will reconsider your grade.”

The boy went home and considered. He went to his work training horses, looking carefully at the farms. Finally, the boy turned in the same paper, making no changes at all.

He said, “You can keep the F and I’ll keep my dream.”

The young man, named Monty Roberts, eventually became the owner of a 4,000-square-foot house in the middle of a 200-acre horse ranch in San Ysidro, California. Today Monty’s approach to life and training horses inspires others who visit his ranch.

There will always be people who unintentionally steal our dreams, often simply through their own doubt.

When you have a great idea, big or small, don't let someone else's doubt steal it from you.

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Wilco Overink

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