People always ask me, “What does ‘KiD’ mean?” – I could go on and on about all of the different meanings, but for now, it just means, “Keep Inspiring Dreams”. This phrase is hidden behind the pseudonym, “KiD”, a way of reminding myself of all my childhood dreams, and to keep my youthfulness.
When we are young, we dream big. Nothing is impossible, and everything is within arms reach. We aspire to be presidents, astronauts, doctors, and professional athletes. But the older we get, the more we’re told about how unrealistic our dreams are. That we should settle for something more realistic, and choose the safe route.
But before I go on, let’s break down what a dream actually is. Chapter 12 of one of my favorite books, Leading With Confidence, talks about dreaming. It explains to us that your dream or vision is simply your view of what life would be like if certain needs were met. You are a visionary if you can see that difference.
When we look at a dream from this point of view, there’s no reason that it should be unrealistic. If your needs were met, the life that you would live is considered a dream. In America, if you have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, you’re living the “American Dream”. Whatever your dreams may be, here are some questions to ask yourself to help determine what your dream may be.
What goal or cause or dream do you believe in deeply enough to die for?
What single need do you care most about today?
What are you uniquely equipped and positioned to accomplish?
I’m going to answer these questions as it relates to what I’m doing now in life. A year ago I gave my life to a dream that wasn’t mine. Sometimes in life, you have to join something bigger than you. For me, that was Mesh++.
Bringing internet to emerging markets would be a dream come true. There’s no achievement gap, but an access gap. If underrepresented groups had access to information, it would increase the educational, and socio-economic status of these groups.
Knowledge is power. The information that we consume on a daily base, form our thoughts, opinions, and worldly outlook. Educational and economic empowerment, in this day and age, happens through Internet-enabled devices. Getting this information out is up to those in the unique position to do so.
At Mesh++, I have a unique opportunity to educate others about this problem, as well as partner with those who want to be a part of the solution. Even domestically, there are still areas that have not been penetrated with the internet. Technology has drastically changed my life. It is a powerful tool, a tool that I hope to help place in the hands of people who need it most.
We will be driving from Chicago, Illinois to San Francisco, California this week to keep chasing this dream. We have been securing partners, advisors, and investors that believe in our vision. A vision of providing the access to information for the thousands of people who are without.
What is your dream or vision for a better world? Comment below and feel free to contact me to see how I can help!