Unlock your potential to dream big!

Naamloos-1A long time ago my father told me the story of a child in his village who wanted to become a bike champion…

All the locals thought of him as being a bit weird and they were often laughing with him: how could a child of such a modest family  even think to become a champion if they couldn’t even afford buying him a sports bike to train…

One day in 1927 he was even condemned to write “I ought to be at school, not riding my bicycle”, after having skipped lessons to spend the day riding a family bike he had found in a cellar, rusty and without brakes”.

The little boy grew up and the , what seemed initially to be an adverse location of his  village, surrounded by all these steep slopes, became his ‘empowerment’…

Up and down, from one hill to another, day by day going to school, in all kinds of weather conditions…he got stronger and stronger…

Then, one day he was ready to start cycling competitions and -as we know all too well- there were no limits anymore for him to win… His name is Fausto Coppi.

He became “The champion of the champions” in cycling, in an era where  doping was not yet known, and  talent and physical endurance were the only decisive factors.

This story was for me a sort of mentoring tool to make me remembering to dream in life…

Anyhow being a female was a handicap for a lot of things that matter in life, at least in the way, where and when I was growing up but I tried to keep the mind focused to have a passion and a dream to take alive.

Sometimes I was attempted to believe that “dreaming big” was a gift especially for men…

I started to “dream big “ discovering twitter and so encountering TED and other powerful new platforms and great minds. Like Lucien Engelen who published my first TEDx blog and other mentors I had the luck to meet firstly in this digital world.

“Dreaming big” was driving me to try to write blogs, to share my passion in arts and show my ideas in such a global scale… I was starting to believe we could really accelerate a process of open science, open access to education and information, building step by step a better society…here in Europe, too.

The last year I participated at TEDxBrussels that was the TEDx bigger ever event in the world and I felt to be part of a dream coming true, a “real feast of science” involving even the EU Institutions in an open debate about innovation, disruptive tools and technologies.

 

So, my simple message: “remind to dream”…and “dream big” for keeping your mind fresh and flexible like when we were children…

 

See please for inspiration:

The Hackerspace Movement: Mitch Altman at TEDxBrussels

REFERENCE:   To know more about Fausto Coppi  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fausto_Coppi

A blog by Nadia Ceratto