Don’t let your friends off the hook. Challenge them to take action on their dreams.

1998

Me: I think I want to write a book.
Friend: Does that mean you’re going to write it?
Me: (to myself) oh no
Me: (with sweating palms) Yes

I shared a someday-maybe dream with a friend and she challenged me. “Are you going to do it or not?” When I said, with some fear of the task in front me, “yes!”, she pulled out a scrap piece of paper and wrote, “Write that book!” I’ve kept it in my wallet ever since (see above foto). An ongoing inspiration to his day.

Consider being a listener for your friends’ dreams. Be ready to challenge them to commit. If they’re thinking about doing something that they’re passionate about, do what you can to have them transform the thought into action. They’ll appreciate it.

To my friend from a long time ago: Thank you!

P.S. Some would argue that the work isn’t done until you follow through and help your friends to achieve their dreams, whatever that might look like for you.

Published by Robert T Hanlon

I earned my Sc.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and subsequently conducted post-doctoral research at Karlsruhe University in Germany. My professional career took me to Mobil Oil Research & Development Corporation, the Rohm and Haas Company, and then back to MIT where I am currently involved with their School of Chemical Engineering Practice.

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