It's okay to dream small

Sometimes, in business, we wait for the extraordinary to appear before we make a move.

We wait for that one killer application or solution that will take us from Brand X to Brand Everyone Wants a Piece Of. We close doors on ordinary ideas because only extraordinary will sell.

But what defines ordinary?

Cancer research takes ordinary science and medicine and is trying to offer extraordinary life-changing results.

While we have digital tools to write our missives, it’s still the ordinary pen that’s used for our most personal thoughts. Thoughts that have the potential to turn the world on its head if we share them.

What we see as extraordinary when it comes to heart transplants, surgeons see as just another ordinary day.

An electric bike might be ordinary to our kids, but a tribal member in the most hidden reaches of the jungle could see it as an extraordinary gift from the Gods.

Sure, we need to be smart in business. We need to know our decisions will keep a roof over our heads and that of our employees, and put our kids through college.

But you know – sometimes the most ordinary decisions and ideas could be the ones that bring the most extraordinary results.

How are you defining ordinary?

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91 comments
immigration
immigration

The Indian text Upanishads, written between 900 and 500 BC, emphasize two meanings on dreams. The first says that dreams are merely expressions of inner desires. The second is the belief of the soul leaving the body and being guided until awakened.

annagellis
annagellis

This blog has delved into an interesting concept that people tend to not think about. It does often times seem that going out of your way to get something extraordinary done backfires. I do agree that, depending on creativity, that whatever is considered ordinary can easily become extraordinary. All aspects of life are what you make it. As a senior in college graduating in May, this blog gives good advice about entering the job market and how to go about looking for a job--the right job rather than overreaching. Thanks for the great post!

 

Anna Ellis

Editor/Writer 

Platform Magazine

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annagellis
annagellis

This blog has delved into an interesting concept that people tend to not think about. It does often times seem that going out of your way to get something extraordinary done backfires. I do agree that, depending on creativity, that whatever is considered ordinary can easily become extraordinary. All aspects of life are what you make it. As a senior in college graduating in May, this blog gives good advice about entering the job market and how to go about looking for a job--the right job rather than overreaching. Thanks for the great post!   Anna Ellis Editor/Writer  Platform Magazine platformmagazine.org

MelanieKissell
MelanieKissell

Good thoughts, Danny!

 

Ordinary is where I want to fall on the yardstick that measures me as a human being.  I hope I always stay ordinary. 

 

Notice I'm not saying "standard, customary, or usual."  Those are icky.  Being those things means you're nondescript -- you blend right in with the design on the wall paper.

 

To me, ordinary means using what God gave me -- the capacity to think and to reason (batteries included).

 

"Ordinary" always leaves wiggle room for adventure, improvement, discovery, and expansion.  :-)

 

Wonderful post!

 

 

 

MelanieKissell
MelanieKissell

Good thoughts, Danny!   Ordinary is where I want to fall on the yardstick that measures me as a human being.  I hope I always stay ordinary.    Notice I'm not saying "standard, customary, or usual."  Those are icky.  Being those things means you're nondescript -- you blend right in with the design on the wall paper.   To me, ordinary means using what God gave me -- the capacity to think and to reason (batteries included).   "Ordinary" always leaves wiggle room for adventure, improvement, discovery, and expansion.  :-)   Wonderful post!      

kasser
kasser

Nice and great post.

 

Thanks & regards.

kasser
kasser

Nice and great post.   Thanks & regards.

AmyMccTobin
AmyMccTobin

My ordinary is Excellence.  That's what I am for and am not satisfied with anything less.

 

And no - no snarkiness involved.  

AmyMccTobin
AmyMccTobin

My ordinary is Excellence.  That's what I am for and am not satisfied with anything less.   And no - no snarkiness involved.  

MarciaMcCord
MarciaMcCord

@kweiss01 Love the Dream Small. My own joke: All my life I've tried to be extraordinary, but the best I've been able to manage is peculiar.

MarciaMcCord
MarciaMcCord

@kweiss01 Love the Dream Small. My own joke: All my life I've tried to be extraordinary, but the best I've been able to manage is peculiar.

SarahArrow
SarahArrow

I have never had a big dream that didn't start as a small achievable dream first. Really love this post but as it's you dannybrown I'll say it's ordinary ;)

Hugh
Hugh

Hmmm. Interesting. I kind of agree that on any one day any naked human being is as ordinary as the next one. And that is a great basis for social interaction and common decency - putting stature to one side. On the other hand, let's keep encouraging everyone to dream big - it might be the sum of the small ordinary, things that gets us there, but we all need a dream!

Aliosha @ MeltingPosts
Aliosha @ MeltingPosts

I dont know how appropriate "the world is what you make of it" saying is here but in a way it's what I want to say. Everyone sees things differently, like you mentioned above an ordinary thing to one person might be extraordinary to someone else. To me extraordinary is something I can not reach or achieve but once I do it might just become very ordinary in my eyes.

Aliosha @ MeltingPosts
Aliosha @ MeltingPosts

I dont know how appropriate "the world is what you make of it" saying is here but in a way it's what I want to say. Everyone sees things differently, like you mentioned above an ordinary thing to one person might be extraordinary to someone else. To me extraordinary is something I can not reach or achieve but once I do it might just become very ordinary in my eyes.

BettySueHaynes
BettySueHaynes

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harleenas
harleenas

@Timothy_Hughes @DannyBrown - Thanks for the RT Timothy :) Enjoy your weekend :)

harleenas
harleenas

@Timothy_Hughes @DannyBrown - Thanks for the RT Timothy :) Enjoy your weekend :)

Andrea T.H.W.
Andrea T.H.W.

It depends, if you have just one month left to live everything is extraordinary, even the flight of a butterfly. To give a wider definition we do something extraordinary when we do something that goes out of our comfort zone but when we are at risk of losing everything than everything becomes extraordinary. Even the simple glass of water becomes something else while walking in a desert.

 

I must admit that this kind of posts are great, or extraordinary. :)

Andrea T.H.W.
Andrea T.H.W.

It depends, if you have just one month left to live everything is extraordinary, even the flight of a butterfly. To give a wider definition we do something extraordinary when we do something that goes out of our comfort zone but when we are at risk of losing everything than everything becomes extraordinary. Even the simple glass of water becomes something else while walking in a desert.   I must admit that this kind of posts are great, or extraordinary. :)

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

 @MelanieKissell "Ordinary always leaves wiggle room..." amen to that, Melanie, I'm probably going to steal that line right now!

wmwebdes
wmwebdes

 @MelanieKissell  Hi Mel. Not sure if you should read Danny's posts... on occasion, he does use bad language. Truth to tell, that's the main reason I visit. But I do work in the construction industry. LOL

kweiss01
kweiss01

@marciamccord Often I think I don't dream big enough but I won't pass up the small opps

kweiss01
kweiss01

@marciamccord Often I think I don't dream big enough but I won't pass up the small opps

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

 @SarahArrow Wait - are you saying *I'm* ordinary? Why, I oughta...

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

Oh, for sure, Hugh, i'm all for encouraging greatness - just not the mindset that *every single thing* needs to be extraordinary, or to not bother at all. :)

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

 @Aliosha @ MeltingPosts Great point, Aliosha, and that's the perfect example of something perhaps being extraordinary being ordinary once achieved. How many people get excited about space travel anymore, for example..? ;-)

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

 @Andrea Hypno Now these are some pretty wise words there, Andrea, and I don't really have anything to add except thank you, and couldn't agree more!

MelanieKissell
MelanieKissell

 @wmwebdes Yeah - you guys who wear hard hats and steel-toed work boots and carry a claw hammer use that type of language all the time, don't you? LOL

MelanieKissell
MelanieKissell

 @wmwebdes Yeah - you guys who wear hard hats and steel-toed work boots and carry a claw hammer use that type of language all the time, don't you? LOL

SarahArrow
SarahArrow

 @DannyBrown did I say *you* were ordinary? ;) I had to say it was ordinary or your ego would be unforgiveable ;)

 

On a different tack (ye gods, too much time on GentleMint and now everything's a tack!) to be extraordinary, you have to start out as ordinary. I have no problem with being ordinary, it's a step in the right direction. It's when you can't get to ordinary to have a problem. It's like playing in the field beside the yellow brick road and knowing you are meant to be somewhere.

SarahArrow
SarahArrow

 @DannyBrown did I say *you* were ordinary? ;) I had to say it was ordinary or your ego would be unforgiveable ;)   On a different tack (ye gods, too much time on GentleMint and now everything's a tack!) to be extraordinary, you have to start out as ordinary. I have no problem with being ordinary, it's a step in the right direction. It's when you can't get to ordinary to have a problem. It's like playing in the field beside the yellow brick road and knowing you are meant to be somewhere.