In September this year I had the honour of attending the boat launching of client and good friend Wallace Baker, a Dairy farmer from Turua near Thames NZ.
A gathering of 50 odd family and supporters watched as milk from his Dairy farm was poured symbolically over the bow of ‘White Gold’ as it was christened.
But this is not a story about a farmer buying a boat it is a story about a 14 yr old boy who had a dream 52 years ago. That dream was to sail around the world.
Wallace told the story of how as a young boy back in the 1950’s he found a piece of wood that had some depth to it, used an old hand saw and hack saw to give the wood some shape and smoothed the curves with a rasp and sandpaper to form the hull of a boat.
He found some iron and shaped some small sails, attached them to some dowling that he had fitted as a mast to finish his sailboat.
When he was finished he spent hours sailing boats with his brother in an old square water trough by the milking shed while his father milked the herd of cows.
Achieving dreams comes at a cost and Wallace reflected on forcing himself out of bed on cold mornings to milk cows when his body wanted to remain between the sheets in the cosy warm house. Too often we as onlookers forget the price already paid for success and jealousy and resentment take over as we observe people enjoying their dreams.
Others now manage the operations and milk on the farm while plans get underway to explore islands and pristine waters around the globe to fulfill that childhood dream.
Sailing is a great analogy for life. You need to have a destination to sail toward and you must find the point of sail in order to get there. You can still sail upwind it just takes a bit longer but if you work with the elements rather than fight them you will succeed.
Never stop someone from dreaming. Become the wind that helps propel them to where they are headed. You don’t have to offer fair winds all the time because challenging people at times helps strengthen decision making in the future.
If you have a dream that you want to achieve, build a team of people around you like Wallace did to motivate and challenge you. Then you too may have your White Gold.