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Follow the dream in your heart!

November 11, 2021 | motivational | No Comments

Ralph Peterson I once heard someone say “Don’t give up on your dreams…unless your dreams are really, really stupid.” That may make you laugh but I have found that there are times when you have a dream in your heart that is SO BIG that you HAVE to act on it. But when you start to share your dream or idea, some people may become dream crushers.

Case in point, back in the ‘80s I had a creative idea to create a “practice tree” for drag racers. If you don’t know anything about drag racing, there is a starting tree, which is a stand of light bulbs that flash down at half second intervals. Three yellows then a green. The idea is to launch your car as close as you can to the green without starting too soon. In which case you will get a red light and be disqualified.

Here’s an example video, the guy in this video was right on the mark launching his car from the starting line. He cut that start as close to the green as you possibly can. You can even start the car in motion BEFORE the green comes on. (technical term is called “rollout”) Click on this link, go full screen and watch this video. You will see the “tree” in the background on the left of the car. Watch for the 3 yellow lights, then the green. The car shown here in this video has about 750 horsepower and you will see him “catching air” on launch. (This GoPro video it’s amazing)

  
So enough background on drag racing, lets flash back to the 80s. I had an idea to create a practice tree to help drivers get consistent reaction times (Launching your car as close as possible to the green light, without tripping the red light) I did not have a clue about how to create something like this so I went to an electrical engineer that I was working with and pitched my idea.

Do you know what he said? “That’s a stupid idea, who would ever buy that?” (dream crusher) Do you know what I said? “Wow, I thought it was a great idea, I guess not.” And walked away from the dream in my heart because of what ONE PERSON said. (dream crushed)

“Sometimes you are waiting for the limo to come by and pick you up and take you to the dream in your heart, but the only thing that comes by is a beat up pickup truck. Take the pickup truck! The limo will come later.”
-Carman

But that idea kept bugging me for two full years! Then finally, two years later, I finally went to a different electrical engineer and pitched the same idea. The response, “WOW! Great idea! Let’s make a mock up I will show you how to do it.” What a difference! My idea went from dream crusher to dream builder.

Over the course of the next 3 months I drew up a complete 3 page schematic and purchased parts from Radio Shack (Yes! Radio Shack) and designed the first working prototype. It worked GREAT! However, the week I finished my prototype a company called Dedenbear Products released the first practice tree reaction timer to the market place. Two weeks later another company released their version of a practice tree. I was two years too late because I bought the lie of a dream crusher. Today both of those companies are multi-million dollar companies.

Can you say ouch?

If you have a dream in your heart, be very careful who you share that dream with. Beware of the dream crusher! If you have a dream in your heart ACT on it immediately!

I remember the time I had the opportunity to talk to Carman back stage at one of his concerts. He looked at me, pointed his finger to my chest, and said something by the Spirit that I will never forget. “Sometimes you are waiting for the limo to come by and pick you up and take you to the dream in your heart, but the only thing that comes by is a beat up pickup truck. Take the pickup truck! The limo will come later.”

So follow the dream in your heart! The limo WILL come later.