Make No Little Plans

Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency.

Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big.

Daniel Burnham (1846 – 1912)

It’s been a few years since I read about Burnham. I came across his words today, and it made me take a step back and look over my list of goals and aspirations. Some things I’m working on, other things I’ve set aside. A few of those things on the sidelines I’ve put there, but for the wrong reasons.

I need to think less about failure, and more about learning from failure. Hearing Burnham’s words were a nice reminder that I should continue my dreaming, but perhaps look a little higher when doing so.

[via @jonathanstark]

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  1. “Aim high, for men [and women] generally hit what they aim at.” –Thoreau

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