I was reading an article recently where Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, was asked whether, if he could be 20 again, would he follow the same path? Building a global empire is a very risky way to spend 45-odd years of your life, as he has, so there is every chance that he would not want to go through all that he has all over again.
But his answer is that he in fact would. Check out some of his comments below:
“Sometimes I think to myself, What if this is all a dream? I’m going to wake up and be 20 years old, with my whole life ahead of me,” says Branson, in a blog post published Wednesday. “This thought doesn’t scare me. It excites me. I’d quite like to go back and plot out my life all over again — dreaming big dreams.
“Dreaming is one of humanity’s greatest gifts; it champions aspiration, spurs innovation, leads to change, and propels the world forward,” says Branson. “In a world without dreams there would be no art, no adventure, no moon landing, no female CEOs, and no civil rights.
“What a half-lived and tragic existence we would have.
“Look at the world with wide-eyed enthusiasm, believe you are more powerful than the problems that confront you, and dream big.”
As I read this I was amazed by the fact that, here is a guy that, to my knowledge, is not a Christian (I am not going to judge him or any other person for that matter, as the relationship they have with the Creator is between the two of them). He may not have faith in the God of the universe backing him, yet he is able to go out and achieve great things.
How much more should we be able to achieve, given not only the amazing minds that we have been given, but also fresh visions from God, insight into opportunities, and direction from the Creator who surely knows exactly how to navigate this tricky world?
It would take way more faith for Richard Branson than we who have God on our side. And again, I am not saying there is no chance that he doesn’t. Success stories should be the norm, not the exception, given the amazing talents that has been placed on our loves. And not because we are money-hungry people, always striving for more, but because we are stepping out in the area where we know we are skilled, putting these talents to work, and then seeing the fruit manifest from all of this.
So if it’s good enough for Richard Branson to step out in faith, then surely it is good enough for you and I, with the God of all heaven and earth on our sides, too.
Matt Danswan is the CEO of Initiate Media, publishers of Christian Woman. He also blogs at www.mattdanswan.com.
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