People are not born visionaries.
Nobody comes into this world with ideas on how to solve the world’s problems.
Visionaries are cultivated. They are created by frequent imaginative thinking.
A visionary is someone who can see things that aren’t there. They see possibilities when others do not. They see the future through their imagination.
A visionary is someone who trains their imagination.
They often think about the purpose of life, as well as their own life in particular.
They ask impossible or impractical questions. And they suspend their disbelief in order to begin to answer these questions.
Visionaries often lead people, though they need not do so.
A visionary is simply someone who envisions a path that is not yet carved out.
They see a path that isn’t there.
Visionaries see in the dark.
They’ve accepted that in order to live their life, they must get used to seeing with their mind’s eye.
I remember when I was a child, I had normal sight. I went to school and I came home. There were generally no surprises.
Everything was already carved out for me.
But deep down I felt that something wasn’t right…and I wasn’t sure what to do about it.
Years went by during which I trusted that everyone knew what I should be doing. That everyone else had everything all figured out.
All I had to do was do well in school.
But I hated school. It was so boring and unfulfilling.
So I simply waited for it to be over.
I carried this trend all the way through high school, after which I almost took the rest of my savings from working during the summer and used them to buy airfare to some random country like Jamaica or Australia.
Well, I ended up trusting everyone once again and decided to go to college.
And when I got out, I figured that having a high-paying job would at least be better than having to work your ass off while racking up student loan debt.
But, again…I wasn’t happy. And I couldn’t figure out why.
Until one day I simply said to hell with it all and just quit my job.
I didn’t know what I was going to do next. This marked the day when I began my path to becoming a visionary.
And that was the last time that I was ever able to see in the light.
From that point on, I was forever in the dark.
It’s been years now, and I can’t even remember what it was like to see with normal vision.
But I know it exists…
I know there are hundreds of millions of people that wake up and do something predictable every day. They have their routines, their hobbies, their television shows, their family, their expenses, their income…it’s all carved out.
That sounds like the most horrifyingly awful situation to me.
I thrive in the dark.
I love being in the dark.
I love the fear, I love the uncertainty, and I love finding my way to amazing things.
I can’t imagine ever trusting my eyes over my imagination.
It sounds so boring and lame.
There’s just something you can’t explain about learning to see in the dark.
It’s extremely rewarding just accepting the unknown that lies around every corner.
Sometimes you strike out and it’s painful…but that’s what makes you come alive like never before.
Sometimes you hit it big and all of a sudden you’re in a whole new world of surprise and excitement.
Being a visionary is like walking through a dark dungeon with only a torch and one way out. It’s scary and there’s unpredictability around every turn. But you know you must find your way out…and that’s what keeps you going.
Sure, it’s scary. And that’s ok.
Visionaries aren’t fearless. They’re just not as likely to let their fear hold them back from living a unique life.
Adventures in the dark are way more fun, and it’s precisely because of the uncertainty.
For if you knew what to expect, life would be boring. It would be bland.
Sadly, most people look back and wish they’d have had the courage to be a visionary. To let their visions guide them. To go where their gut told them to go.
Don’t let yourself be one of these people. Act now to become a visionary.
If you’re not sure where to start, then just start anywhere. Do something that scares you. Pursue something that you don’t believe you can achieve. Ask yourself what is an amazing or awesome thing that you could be doing…and then just go for it.
Don’t think too much.
Visionaries sometimes have to shut off their brains and the social programming around them in order to have the courage to overcome the fear or negative self-talk.
That’s the thing about visionaries. They’re not magnificent people. They’re just people that started with a vague idea about what they wanted to have happen and then they pursued it. The catch is that a visionary comes up with their own agenda. They don’t walk down the same path everyone else is doing. They find something unique.
It takes courage to start, but once you’re on your own path and you look around you, you’ll realize that it’s not as scary as you thought it would be.
I have a saying I used to use a lot to help me overcome my apprehension and be able to go for something that I want:
“You’ll always be alive, unless you’re dead…but then it doesn’t really matter anymore.” -D/C Russ
That’s always been my safety net. My confidence. And my light of hope for when things actually got scary.
I just realized that I’m probably not going to die…that somehow I would find food and shelter and I would just figure it out one way or another.
It was because of this mentality that I started to feel invincible. I developed a confidence that didn’t depend on my skills, abilities, talents, etc. It just depended on the fact that I was *probably* not going to die…and that anything that came my way I would be able to handle.
Makes life a lot easier to live when you’re not afraid of shitty things happening to you. Because, frankly, they happen to everyone and there’s no way you can stop them. So it just makes sense to try and do something unique that you didn’t think you could do.
This is the only thing that being a visionary requires.
From that point forward, you are constantly training as a visionary so that one day you can change the world.
Honestly, I don’t think that you can fully earn your “black belt” of being a visionary until you’ve done something that has impacted the world.
Obviously, this is not in your control.
And you may never realize it during your lifetime.
Many visionaries throughout history have lived and died without anyone ever noticing. Some of them were only able to change the world until well after their death.
In my opinion, the only goal of being a visionary is to help move humanity forward in some way. Without this quest, you are merely a philosopher…which isn’t to say that philosophers can’t be visionaries.
You may have excellent ideas, strategies, or discoveries…but what is the point of them if they are not shared?
I believe that the goal of every visionary should be to change the world. And that the goal of every human being should be to become a visionary.
It’s not hard.
All it takes is a vision and a strong will to bring it to life.
What’s your vision?
If you had one, what would it be?
So many times, we are stuck to the point where we could never even conceive of our vision.
“What does that even mean?”
“How could I change the world?”
“What could I possibly do to impact the planet?”
I remember having these thoughts. But I don’t have them nearly as much any more.
And that is because I have a vision.
I haven’t shared my vision on this blog yet, but it has remained unchanged for several years now. And I’m making progress on it to the point where I’m starting to see that it’s going to come to life…I just don’t know exactly when or how.
But, again, seeing in the dark is the fun part.
So how do you get yourself from a place of having no idea how to change the world to having a clear and definitive vision that that you approach each and every day?
Sometimes you just gotta say “no.”
I would have never dreamed of having a vision or becoming a vision until I resolved to first detach myself from others’ vision.
Like it or not, the majority of moments in your day are probably being occupied by what some other person’s will dictates (mandates).
It’s likely become so ingrained in you by now that you don’t even notice. You just accept it and move on.
But if you think about it, this approach only leads down one path: death.
Sure, visionaries die too. But they do something before they die…they have a meaningful shot at changing the world.
But in order to become a visionary, they had to first do things their own way.
They had to stop going to school, stop talking to negative friends, isolate themselves from nay-sayers, move away from family, leave churches, quit jobs…the list goes on and on and on.
Before you can become a visionary, you must first leave the life you’re currently living. Only this will afford you the space to connect with yourself in such a way that your vision can begin to be realized.
Why is this so important?
It’s important because people are suffering each and every day.
The planet is suffering.
The animals are suffering.
The environment is suffering.
We’re all suffering.
And if everyone had a vision on how to reduce this suffering, the world would be a much better place.
More people would have food and clean water. More people would thus have the ability to self-actualize like much of the Western world currently does. But even here, there are people suffering in multifarious ways…bad relationships, shitty jobs, terrible influences…
Surely, you in all of your amazing human capacity could figure out a way to help reduce the suffering on even just a small aspect of the world. It doesn’t have to be people…it could be farm animals…it could be the rainforest…it could be anything.
The only real goal of being a visionary is to try and move creation forward in some aspect. And, in my opinion, the most compelling way to do this for our current state of consciousness would be to help reduce suffering.
I would argue that as long as a person has their basic survival and security needs met, then they can begin the process of becoming a visionary.
It does not take a long time. Just 3-5 years of dedicated work could transform your entire life so that you’re well on the path of bringing your vision to life.
In just a few short years, you too could learn to love seeing in the dark.