“If your vision’s not your obsession than it might as well be a delusion.”-Robin Sharma
According to his website, Robin Sharma is “the globally celebrated author of 11 international bestselling books on leadership including The Leader Who Had No Title, the phenomenal #1 blockbuster that is inspiring a movement around the idea that “Now, anyone – in any organization – can show Leadership”. His work has been published in over 60 countries and in nearly 70 languages, making him one of the most widely read authors in the world. He shot to fame with The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, which has topped international bestseller lists and sold millions of copies. Robin is the founder of Sharma Leadership International Inc., a global consultancy that helps people in organizations Lead Without a Title. Clients comprise of many of the FORTUNE 500 including Microsoft, GE, NIKE, FedEx and IBM. Organizations such as NASA, IMD Business School, Yale University and The Young President’s Organization are also SLI clients. Robin is a former litigation lawyer who holds two law degrees including a Masters of Law (Dalhousie Law School).
When I first saw this quote, I was immmediately pulled into my inner Imaginarium, which is the place where I feel most at home. It is where my creative soul takes flight and where I am inexorably drawn. My vision takes the form of diving into writing almost all the time, coming up for air when I need to handle ‘normal bodily functions’. I am a consummate multi-tasker, so I have been known to eat and write, breathe and write, brush my teeth and write and in my head, compose whilst engaged in more private activities.
What we feed, grows. What we nourish, nourishes us. I can’t imagine why someone wouldn’t want to be obsessed in a healthy way with their vision. To my way of thinking, we wouldn’t have been given inspiration to do something grand and glorious if it didn’t contain the seeds of possibility. Think about the inventors and artists who invested heart and soul, sweat and tears as implements of their creations. Sometimes they couldn’t sleep or would forget to eat, in the service of The Muse who whispered ideas that landed in their fertile minds. I know that feeling of forgoing sleep and food as I immersed in my own works of he(art), Many’s the time after a long day such as this one, that I arrive home from my ‘day job’ (this was a 12 hour workday) and head for the keyboard. It isn’t simply out of obligation that I am writing this article at nearly 11 pm when I need to get up at ‘early o’clock’ tomorrow to take a class. It is for the love of language, the sweet sense of completion when I post it, the anticipation of people reading and finding meaning from my sometimes rambling prose. Is that obsession, this thing that I can’t NOT do? Could I imagine a life without it? Unthinkable.
What is your vision?