Dreaming small

We are often told to dream big, aim high and so on. But what if we don’t? What if we dream small?


There is a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon (by the way, this is a great comic) in which Calvin asks Hobbes what he would wish for if he could have anything in the world. Hobbes says “a sandwich”.  Calvin derides this as a stupid wish and says he would wish for “a trillion billion dollars, my own space shuttle and a private continent”.  In the next panel they are in the kitchen and Hobbes says “I got my wish”.


John Bogle once gave a commencement address to MBA graduates of the McDonough School of business.

At a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island, the late Kurt Vonnegut informs his pal, the author Joseph Heller, that their host, a hedge fund manager, had made more money in a single day than Heller had earned from his wildly popular novel Catch 22 over its whole history. Heller responds, “Yes, but I have something he will never have . . . Enough.

(The whole address is here: http://www.vanguard.com/bogle_site/sp20070518.htm)

What if we dream smaller dreams? What if we know that we have enough?

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