A lawyer I coach recently told me that I inspired her to “think big and dream big dreams.” It is amazing how words inspire us.

I found great inspiration in my life when Robert Kennedy ran for the President in 1968. I was 21 that year and for the first time had an opportunity to vote. Young voters rallied first around Eugene McCarthy and later around Robert Kennedy. Wherever he campaigned, Kennedy drew large enthusiastic crowds and he inspired them about the future. Robert Kennedy ended each speech with a George Bernard Shaw quote that was very connected to his message:

There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?

How did that inspire me? Put simply it helped me overcome doubts about myself and to believe I could make a difference. Those words still resonate with me today. I still believe our country would have come closer together had Robert Kennedy lived and been elected.
I saw this quote recently about teachers and it helped me understand what Robert Kennedy was able to do with my generation in 1968:
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
~William Arthur Ward
How about you? Can I inspire you to dream about things you think you may never accomplish and ask why not me and then go out there and give it your very best shot?