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A former colleague of mine, who served as a missionary to Brazil, used to admonish his students regularly to “Dream BIG dreams!”

I am also a believer in BIG dreams. I think we should all have them. I believe we all benefit from the power and expanse of BIG dreams when we listen to them.

A good example can be found in Elon Musk’s preview of Space X’s Mars rocket last weekMusk has long said that the main goal of SpaceX, since its founding in 2002, has been to help make humanity a multiplanet species. According to him, the new rocket design is “This is the fastest path to a self-sustaining city on Mars.”

Humanity as a multi-planet species. Self-sustaining cities on Mars.

I think those are certainly BIG dreams in anybody’s book.

It doesn’t matter whether you like the dream or even think it’s possible. There is a power inherent in the sheer scope of its vision. There is inspiration in the thinking and creativity that will be required to make it a reality.

As a leader of an organization committed to affordable education, I have plenty of my own BIG dreams.

I want to help create a world where price, gender, religious preference, ethnicity, and family background cannot deter anyone from having affordable access to an education hat will help them flourish both professionally and personally.

I want to help make it possible for people all over the world to overcome the feeling of hopelessness that comes from feeling “stuck” and having no path for improving their life experience.

I want to help children and adults alike develop the ability to think critically and adapt effectively to our changing world.

I want to help people around the world discover the wisdom and love for humanity (others) that come from deeper learning and understanding.

These dreams inspire me and make me want to work harder and aspire to more as an individual.What are your BIG dreams?