A vision can change the world
In 1980, Bill Gates declared a vision of "a computer on every desk and in every home".
This at a time when people didn't see the need for computers at home or in the workplace.
Imagine that... No one even wants a computer, let alone uses one every day.
I'd hazard a guess that your average working man couldn't describe what a computer looked like in 1980.
In fact, Microsoft didn't even make computers back then.
Yet still, Gates gave us a glimpse into the future - into a world where BILLIONS of people use a personal computer.
A vision which made Microsoft one of the most successful companies of all time, and made one man's net worth over £100 Billion.
Steve Jobs and Apple wanted to put a mini-computer in everyone's pocket.
Again, you'd have laughed him out of the room.
But they did it. They changed the world dramatically. How many new jobs, industries and relationships have been created as a result of the iPhone?
Enough that they became the worlds first $3 trillion company.
These companies generate insane amounts of value at tremendous scale and magnitude, in perpetuity.
It all stems from a single ridiculous vision.
CEO of Coinbase, Brian Armstrong, has a mission to "increase economic freedom in the world" by utilising digital cryptocurrency to provide every living person with access to sound money, a functioning credit system, and basic property rights.
Elon Musk runs several giant operations, and prefaces every major decision with one question: "Does this get us closer to Mars?"
Mark Zuckerburg envisions a time when virtual worlds will be so absorbing that nobody would want to leave. He said, “A lot of people assume the metaverse is about a location, but one description of it is a period when immersive digital worlds become the primary way we live our lives and spend our time.”
Travelling to Mars or living in virtual reality is absolutely ridiculous.
But as we've seen, it can take just a matter of decades to take a ridiculous vision and make it reality.
Most of us, by definition, are not outliers.
Pursuing your vision may not transform the world, but properly applied, it can certainly move the needle - making it a better place for yourself and for others.
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