To be a visionary is to be a victor. Because one with vision has one’s target clear. And clarity of purpose means half the job already done.
Karan Sondhi, author of five inspirational books, quotes Hellen Keller, replying to a query as to which fate was worse than blindness: To have sight with no vision.
Karan, in his book Total Victory, defines a visionary as one who can foresee tomorrow and plans to make a difference.
Great men like Gandhi and Lincoln could shape the events of history because their vision made the difference that could get amazing results.
Their minds were not confined to their day-to-day affairs and problems alone. They could see tomorrow’s welfare in how we behave and work today.
They had the vision to sow the seeds so that their successors could have a better future.
The difference between a visionary and an ordinary person is told through a beautiful story. Two persons volunteered to supply water to a village hit by water shortage. While the stronger one supplied water to the villagers by supplying them buckets of water on a daily basis, the other supplied it through a pipeline from the source of water.
The former got tired soon and gave up after a few days, but the latter could relax and yet earn a lot of money.
One may be in any profession or in no profession at all. To be a visionary, one has to think, act and behave beyond the ordinary and the customary ways. One has to dream even if the goal seems hard and difficult to achieve.
One must build up one’s personality in a manner that every difficulty that comes one’s way turns into an opportunity.
Gandhi had nothing but a mere ‘dandi’. Yet he was fearless and could challenge a mighty empire. His vision and steely resolve could get us the freedom that we enjoy today.
The point, therefore, is that all great achievements have dreams at their roots. Meticulous planning with dogged pursuit is the way to go about. Only then one can step onto the ladder of success.