Imaginations have the power to change the world

That first spark of creation was once only flint and steel in the mind of an innovator. With their imagination, they put the pieces together to ignite their ideas with knowledge, testing concepts against each other until an invention started to form. They fanned the flame with a breath of excitement, finding joy in the possibilities and beauty in the every-growing glow of a plan. With this plan came smoke that spread through the world around them, bringing warmth and light, forever changing the world with an invention that started as only a simple pebble of thought.

Creative Leaders

Our imaginations have the power to change the world around us. We've seen this from some of the most loved personalities in history. Would we have planes if it weren't for the wild imagination of the Wright brothers? Would you even be reading this if it weren't for the brilliant mind of Thomas Edison? Did the power of Nikola Tesla's imagination give us a clue into how influential our minds truly can be? These individuals and many others credit much of their success to the creative use of their imagination. Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world."

Professionals of all industries and ages, as well as youngsters and teens forging their way toward independence, can benefit from using their imagination each day. The brain is a muscle, and we must exercise it regularly to hone its abilities and get it working at peak performance.

Forging Our Paths Forward

Sometimes we find ourselves on autopilot living out the dreams we already designed, but in these moments, we can forget to remember how we got here: with inspiration. When we set a goal for ourselves, we use that burst of passion to formulate a path to get there. We map out the obstacles we may face and the milestones we are trying to reach, and we notice the moments of desire that fuel us to move forward along the way. But when we get to our destination, we mustn't allow ourselves to lose that connection between our mind and execution. The joy we experience comes not from the physical aspect of what we created that is now in front of us but rather from the journey our imagination took us on that enabled us to build the vision. As Vincent van Gogh said, "Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model."

We can all weave imagination into our daily routine by merely looking at an ordinary object or situation differently. By adjusting our gaze to see all of the possibilities in front of us, we can begin to arm ourselves with perspectives that help us find success in all of our endeavors. We have to trust that voice in our head that questions the reality in front of us because without it, we will never evolve our knowledge into something that might change the future. Not only should we trust this voice, but we should encourage it, in others as much as in ourselves. We should never quiet inspiration; we should nurture it by always leaving space for creativity in our self-constructed world.