The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor, and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.”
John F. Kennedy
Happy Birthday, America!
As the United States celebrates it’s 242nd anniversary, I wanted to use a quote from an American president that literally speaks to all STEM professionals.
But let’s break it down a little deeper. Let’s find out why we have to build greatly.
Optimism and Building
Americans are optimistic. Personally, I don’t think we’ve cornered that market, either! Everyone has to be optimistic! Otherwise, why would we try to have it all?
Getting a STEM degree is hard! Yet we optimistically pursued it.
Being in a long-term committed relationship is daunting. Yet we continue to form those bonds, time and time again.
And we HAVE to be optimistic to bring children into this crazy, mixed-up world we live in! Yet bring them we do.
And it’s that same optimism that keeps us going. Day after day, we optimistically chase after our goals and our dreams.
So optimistically dream greatly, and then build those dreams into your reality.
(Naturally, my article on Creating Your Annual Goal Strategy can help with that!)
Experiments and Building
STEM people are a rather analytical lot.
We love to experiment with things.
We gather information and we research. Then we draw conclusions. We decide to try something out and analyze those results. And the cycle continues.
I think my husband wishes I would stop experimenting with where to put the dish towel in the kitchen!
In the old days, it was called tinkering. But at it’s heart, we are experimenting.
Is there anything wrong with that?
Only in extremes, I guess. Most STEM people accept reasonable changes that are well thought-out and explained.
Tinkering just for the sake of tinkering can be annoying after awhile.
Yet tinkering is necessary in order to build greatly. If we always do things the same way, we are always going to get what we’ve always gotten.
In order to build greatly we can’t rest on our laurels; we must continue to experiment.
Inventors and Building
Humans ARE inventors. Some of you quite literally invent new things at work, or new processes. And all of us have to be inventive when it comes to raising children.
I remember when my daughter started losing teeth and left a note under her pillow for the tooth fairy. The note read “Some of my friends tell me you’re not real. Could you please leave a picture of yourself so I can show them that they’re wrong?”
Talk about an inventive moment!
The world is changing at an ever-increasing pace. If we are to keep our heads above that tide, we must invent and re-invent ourselves, our environment and our relationships.
Necessity IS the mother of invention and to build greatly we must see what’s necessary and invent the solutions that move us forward – in all aspects of our life.
The time is now. We are called not just to build, but to build greatly. Set your expectations high.
After all, Martin Luther King, Jr. said “I have a dream!” he didn’t say “I have a really good suggestion that I hope you can live up to!”
Leaving you with this from the lighter side: Nothing says “let’s celebrate America” more than drinking and playing with explosives!