In chapter four of Bill Strickland’s Make the Impossible Possible, I begin to believe that I can.
The High Calling Blogs Book Club has been reading this amazing story and sharing thoughts. Check out more reflections here.
This week’s chapter perfectly illustrated to me what the term visionary means.
The story of how Strickland marries the Bidwell Training Center and the Craftsman Guild—how he campaigns and succeeds in raising millions of dollars to build a new facility to house these two struggling programs—makes me believe anything can happen.
When I look deeper into the process by which Strickland obtained the means to realize his dream, I see that there were some pretty significant mitigating factors involved.
Strickland worked for years building a reputation as a man who cares about his mission and who could be trusted.
He never would have gotten far with donors if he hadn’t lived a life of honorable intentions up until that point.
Strickland surrounded himself with good people, talented people, people who caught the contagion of his dream.
We can’t do it alone, friends. It’s one of the most debilitating characteristics of our culture, individualism. To realize a dream—to truly make a difference in this world—we must work with others. It’s just too big a job for one person. Strickland’s humility and willingness to bring others alongside him gave him inroads he would not have otherwise had.
Strickland did not give up.
I seem to keep saying this, but this is huge.
In the midst of frequent “demoralizing failures”, of defeating environments and short-sighted authorities…Strickland held on to his dream with “dogged tenacity”. He found the courage to move forward, one step at a time, and in the process learned this valuable lesson: “Trust your passion, identify your dreams, and find the courage to share them with others, no matter how many times they call you a fool.”
What is your dream, friend?
Do you have a vision that just won’t leave you alone?
Don’t give up.
Give hope a home in your heart.
Follow Bill Strickland’s example and move forward—one shaky step at a time.