Every living human being has dreams. The size, scale, color, texture and details of these dreams vary. People have dreams of their career, lifestyle, relationships, family, wealth, health, quality of life, hobbies, retirement etc. Some dreams are driven by passion, some by fashion, by comparisons and others by an aspiration to belong to some group. Many dreams provide people pathways to make their life meaningful and give them a direction. Also, people strive to realize those dreams. People go to greater lengths in pursuit of their dreams. Dreams are a very powerful source of energy.
Entrepreneurs also have dreams. Mostly, their dreams are bigger than most other individuals. They paint their dreams on a larger canvas of life. Ordinary individuals play on their own strengths while dreaming and working for their realizations. Entrepreneurs don’t limit their dreams to their own strengths alone. They count on their ability to gather many people’s strengths and build upon them.
Entrepreneurs can realize his/her bigger dreams, if they can help others (with smaller dreams compared to entrepreneurs’ dreams) to realize their dreams.
For everybody, their dream is the most precious one. People hang on to places and people who can help them realize their dreams. If we want them to hang on to our company and contribute towards its progress for a long time, we must reassure them that their dreams are part of our larger dreams. If we can be the vaults where they can deposit their dreams, they will love to remain with us.
To ensure true participation from our people, we must take responsibility of their dreams. If we short-change our employees, they treat our organization as a parking zone and move out as soon as they find greener pastures where their dreams get nurturing and nourishment to bloom. No bargaining works in the marketplace of dreams.