I love this quote by Albert Einstein; “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
I thought about what was lacking in the textile industry and although solid facts exist like we’ve touched on in our previous two posts,(here) and (here), I also know that it stems a bit deeper than just the facts.
From my perspective, our industry has lost its heart to imagine the monumental possibilities of just how great we truly could be. If we would only start to harness these thoughts and build upon them, we’ll move a farther distance than waiting on policies and conditions to favor us.
We must start to think beyond our obstacles. Start to map a way forward regardless of what stands against our progress. Start to collaborate. Start to teach again. Start to think positively. Start to pen our visions down. Start to talk about how blessed we are. Start to see ourselves as being vital in the progress of our nation. Start to war for what belongs to us and our children. Start to desire for the re-birth of an industry more than we grumble about its decay. Start to see the journey ahead as a call rather than just a means to a paycheck. Start to see our dreams as being attainable. Start to pray in authority. Start progressing step by step, but above all, start now.
Does your mindset need to start adjusting to thinking of success and not past failures? Does your knowledge need a mighty boosting, eg going back to school, interning, reading etc Does your networking need new strategies? Does your vision need to be written? And the list goes on.
There are lots of things we could do today, depending on where we’re at, it really doesn’t matter. I once heard a great man say recently that 5 years from now, yours and my life will be either worse or better than where we are today; there’s no way it will remain the same. Something must make it become better or do nothing, and it deteriorates. That ‘something’ is our mind – how bad do you want to become better?
For me and probably a number of us out there, our starting point is in the personal & professional development of ourselves (skills).
Along the line, we’ll need experts and individuals to come alongside us to guide us and propel us further than we could move by ourselves. But, in the meantime, there is an urgency to rise to the call to what you and I must do for ourselves, today.
Here’s a lesson – start to align your thoughts with the greatness of purpose (loving God, loving yourself & loving others) and trash out thoughts that are against that vision.