Many young people have faced this kind of situation. It takes a strong father to see his passionate child for the different person he is. One such child was an Italian physicist, Guglielmo Marconi. As a young person he experimented with his ideas of radio wave transmission after studying physics and reading about experiments of others in this field. He was not encouraged in his chosen field of study and had detractors who completely believed he would fail. Instead of failing, however, he went on to co-win the Nobel Prize in physics in 1909.
Determination for something we feel passionate about can be extremely difficult when we don’t have support from those we depend on, for what we believe in. We feel like the lack of support means we are certain to fail. When the disapproval comes from someone we love, we feel unloved and sometimes generate a prophetic situation, because we give up and prove those without faith in our dreams, right.
Following our dreams can be difficult without including the lack of encouragement from those we care about. Often there are financial elements, sometimes physical and logistical factors, lack of preparation, our fear of failure, self-doubt, societal issues and influences, even the fear of success, and sadly, an overwhelming wave of discouragement when we don’t get the support from those we count on the most. And once doubt gets a ‘toe-hold’ it often not only refuses to let go, it morphs into a giant obstacle, in its own right. It sets us up for failure.
My point is this. Our dreams make us who we are. As a young person we may have several ideas about who or what we want to become. As we mature, those ideas change, turn, and grow into our passions. Our passions are what drives us. They are important and become a part of our inner-most being. Don’t let anyone steal your dream! If you believe in it, go for it!
It’s likely not going to be easy. You will probably encounter nearly every obstacle mentioned and some that aren’t. Stay focused, plan, prepare, research, believe in yourself and the abilities you were gifted with….and stay focused! I repeated that phrase because it’s so easy to give up, lose sight of what’s important and allow the space for failure.
I encourage you to look at your passion, with the mindset that failing is not an option! Follow your dream! Make your mark on the world! Leave a legacy of determination and grit, while keeping a heart of joy, love and respect despite, who or what you go up against! Who knows….. maybe you’ll be the next Nobel Prize winner!