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Last week's feature article Vision was a big hit, with many of you making comments — including a few about my pants! OK, fashion police, the pants are Nantucket Reds and, yes, they are old, faded, and very comfortable.

This week we move forward with: Visionary.

I am sitting in the Lighthouse, where I live and work, the water is less than 50 yards away, and I can't see it. This morning there is thick fog. The water is there, I just can't see it. It seems appropriate I am writing in the fog about vision and visionary. Yes, I hear you saying I am always in the fog. Thanks!

Last week we asked what 86,400 represented. It's the number of seconds we all have each day. We all have the same time, therefore, the same opportunity to use the time effectively. JF was the first to get it correct. The prize was huge, but it can't go to a family member, which he is, so I kept it. :) Sorry, JF.

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P. S. A miracle happened 32 years ago today.
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"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."

Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."

Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

"640K ought to be enough for anybody."

Bill Gates, 1981

"Everything that can be invented has been invented."

Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

It's easy, imagine it and do it.

Kids do it. Adults seem just to think about it and too often decide they won't take the risk. If you never took a risk how did you get where you are today?

Did you see the quotes on the left? Even I know laptops are old fashion. The iPad is just the beginning. There is so much kids can do and learn with them.


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You are a visionary!

You can see the future, like it or not. You already know the future.

The future is based on what you do today, and you know what you are doing today. You also know where that road will lead you. Perhaps not exactly, but close enough.

Some visionaries are considered dreamers. Well, without dreamers we’d still think the earth was flat, and there was little use for computers.

It’s like the old saying, those who say it can’t be done need to get out of the way of those doing it.

Some who are considered visionaries are such because of their focus and research, which gives them enough information and knowledge so they can look forward to the next logical steps of what is coming. It’s not magic, it’s insight with work.

Walt Disney was a visionary. He knew kids, he knew what made people happy. He saw what could be, and he built it. Michelangelo was a visionary. He saw the Sistine Chapel painted before he ever picked up a brush. Then, with the complete vision, he picked up the brush, and duplicated the vision.

Vision is seeing what you are looking at. Often, we don’t even see what we are looking at. Look at something with a kid, and you’ll find that the kid often sees more details than the adult. The kids pay attention and are in the ‘now’ while adults often have so much on their minds they are not in the ‘now’ and not fully looking at what is in front of them.

Well, if you can’t even see what is in front of you, how can you be a visionary? You can. You can if you focus on it and work on it.

Why be a visionary? Because it enhances the value of your life. It helps you to determine the course you need to navigate to get to your vision. It’s your vision, so it sure is important. It’s also important to be able to get there safely in a reasonable amount of time. Hence, the need to navigate properly.

If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there? If you don’t know, how do you know what to pack, what to use, and what direction to go in?

Practice being your own visionary. Start with where you are, what you are doing, and project where that will take you. Is it a place you want to go? If not, then change what you are doing now, right now! If it is, keep on, with focus.

Me, I like to start with the end in mind, just like Michelangelo and Walt Disney. I see the end, the vision of what will be, and then bring that back to the steps I have to start today to make my vision real.

I’m the captain of my life, just like you with yours. We have to have a vision of where we are going before we start. Once we have that vision, we can navigate our way to the vision. Think of life as a treasure map. We all have a treasure map based on what is important to us.

As a visionary you can see the rewards on your treasure map. See them and navigate to them. You are the captain, you set the course, and you’re navigator and others on your team work as one with you to bring the vision to reality. Pretty great!

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