Obey your dreams because dreamers are the saviours of the world!

Ok. It’s archive digging session again. Sometimes I have to return to my own writing for inspiration. And I am glad I did this time cos it really stirred something up in me again. Read and be empowered: 

I was heading home from work last night and strangely the words of James

Dreamers

Allen kept ringing in my head, ” the dreamers are the saviours of the world”.I couldnt shake them off.They lingered on till i went to bed.

I woke up the next morning to the melodious chorus of Michael Jackson’s Human nature playing repeatedly like a marathon in my mind.It’s been at least two decades since I first heard that song and yet its influence is just as powerful as the memory of a first kiss.My imagination immediately went to work directing a video featuring R&B icons Mario and Alicia Keys, performing a Grammy-styled rendition of Human Nature.I could just picture Alicia Keys magically fingering the piano while backing up Mario’s soulful lead, which masterfully captured the nostalgic mood of the song in vocal crescendos and diminuendos.

My my my…..the memory of it is still sooooooooo refreshing.It got me thinking though.

What if Michael Jackson talked himself out of his dreams.We probably would never have heard Human Nature sung,at least not with such perfection.

What if the eleven year old Quincy Jones decided not to pursue his musical interests? Michael Jackson’s Thriller album may never have existed as the Hottest selling album in history.And Quincy Jones would probably have died from his regular diet of fried rats.

What if Christopher Columbus never believed in his vision of a rich and fertile land across the seas? America would not exist today.

What if Mary Slessor decided to be quiet about twin infant killings? I would not be alive to share these words with you today.

What if Martin Luther King Jr refused to commit himself to a vision of a better future for his nation but instead chose to give in to the present crisis? America would have been caught in a cycle of baseless racial tension.

What if Nelson Mandela never believed in the power of a vision? Apartheid probably would still have a strong hold on South Africa.

What if Berry Gordy had chosen the path of least resistant by sticking to a 9 to 5 job? There would have been no Motown Records, no Diana Ross & the Supremes, no Jackson 5, no Marvin Gaye.

What if Winston Churchill broke his commitment to defeating Hitler and his allies? There would have been genocide on a greater scale than was originally recorded during Hitlers rule.There probably would have been monumental abattoirs littered all over the world flowing with the blood of innocent Jews and Africans.

What if Ted Turner thought that having an office couch for a bed for ten years was too high a price to pay for the success of CNN ? We would not have had CNN today and probably no Aljazeera.

Imagine Thomas Edison giving up on his dream of inventing a light bulb after the nine hundred and ninety ninth trial.Do you have any idea the number of houses that would have been razed to the ground and lives lost through the use of candles and naked flames?

What if Sir Alexander Flemming never pursued his vision of finding an antibiotic? He would never have stumbled on the legendary accident that brought about the discovery of penicillin.

I think by now you know what i am driving at.Its become obvious that dreamers are truly the saviors of the world.Through them God gave us hope, music, TV, radio, ships, houses, medicines, books, leadership, deliverance, the Gospel and many other blessings.

We enjoyed the benefits of their commitment to their dreams.My question is, Will our generation and the generations to come benefit from the realization our dreams? Or do we chose to ignore them and settle for an empty , slavish life of living to pay the bills till the day we die?

I believe dream-killing is a crime against humanity.We deprive the world of the blessings of God when we shelve our dreams.We must commit to our God-given vision and leave a legacy for others to enjoy or else we’ll never truly live.

My advice to you is ,Obey your dreams and be the saviour you were meant to be!

– Nigerianphilosopher

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In-depth interview with Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones

I can remember the first time I stumbled on this interview with Quincy Jones on Achievement.org. I was blown away. To hear the brains behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller album production share his journey from a poor, obscure childhood to a mega-successful adult was so refreshing and empowering. I can’t remember how many times I have reread this interview (as well as Ted Turner’s); must have been a zillion times. Haha! But I love it!

If you’ve always thought poverty (the guy actually fed on fried rats at a time, can you believe that !!!) and racism are insurmountable challenges, then Quincy Jones will change your mind.

Please read and be blessed:

 Quincy Jones

(Quincy Jones was first interviewed by the Academy of Achievement on June 3, 1995 in Williamsburg, Virginia and again on October 28, 2000 in London, England. The following transcript draws on both interviews.)

You were born in Chicago. What was your life like when you were a child?

Quincy Jones: We were in the heart of the ghetto in Chicago during the Depression, and every block — it was probably the biggest black ghetto in America — every block — it also is the spawning ground probably for every gangster, black and white, in America too. So, we were around all of that. We saw that every day. There was a policeman named Two Gun Pete, a black policeman, who used to shoot teenagers in the back every weekend and everything happened there all the time. A gang on every street: the Vagabonds, the Giles HC, the Scorpions, and just on and on. In each gang they had the dukes and duchesses, junior and senior, which accommodated everybody in the neighborhood. That was the whole idea, for unity, really. Our biggest struggle every day was we were either running from gangs or with gangs. And it was just getting to school and back home. Because if your parents aren’t home all day, you know, it’s a notorious trek. I still have the medals here from the switchblade through my hand, pinned to a tree. I had an ice pick here in the temple one time. But, when you’re young, nothing harms you, nothing scares you or anything. You don’t know any better. And in the summertime — the schools were the roughest schools probably in America. I saw teachers getting hurt and maimed and everything every day, and it was everyday stuff.

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