The melancholy and the beauty of driven people

I think that people who are truly driven to achieve something are beautiful.

Often, drive comes from the desire to have something that is lacking, either personally or societally: enough money to escape poverty (or to become wealthy), respect, happiness, stability, equality, fun, greatness (as opposed to mediocrity), peace, opportunity, etc.

Though I see extreme beauty in driven people, I feel melancholy too – at least initially. It is sad to see someone who wants something they don’t have – especially if it is one of the essentials like education, nutritious food, love, companionship, shelter, freedom from violence, or clean water.

What I find beautiful is that driven people believe in a better tomorrow.

They look at their circumstance and they can imagine something better. The possibility of a better tomorrow is so tantalizing that they drill massive amounts of time and energy into building that better future.

And the truly driven people, they deliver. They translate their vision into reality. Think about Martin Luther King, the Beatles, the Founding Fathers of the United States, Nelson Mandela, and Mother Teresa. Their drive changed the world. Yours could to. The only true difference between people who change their communities and those who don’t are drive and hard work.

What is so beautiful about humans is that we can start with an idea – something that begins merely as electrical firings in our brain – and we can translate that idea into reality. Virtually everything that exists – societies, buildings, bread, non-profits, shelters for the homeless, and a million other things – they all began as electricity firing across the pathways in someone’s brain.  To me, that is true beauty.

We can replace sadness, darkness, and want, with joy, light, and abundance. It takes hard work to replace the bad with the good, but then, virtually everything worthwhile does.

My dream for you, and for myself, and for humanity: create more beauty. Find that drive, take action, and build a better tomorrow.

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