The first step towards achieving a dream is dreaming it.
So from today, begin to dream and work towards achieving those dreams.
This advice was given to students of the Frederick Smith Secondary School by Ryan Blackett, former student and current director of cruise tourism at the Barbados Tourism Authority, as he delivered the feature address at the school’s formal speech day this morning.
Speaking on the theme Embracing A Dream, Blackett encouraged prize winners and other students present at the ceremony to discover their purpose and establish a vision. He also urged them to embrace the process needed to successfully achieve their dreams.
“Your dream is what you aspire to; it’s your purpose. Think big. I am not saying to you to daydream, because some of us can do that quite well.
“When you sit down you should be thinking . . . ‘What is my next step? What is my purpose? What has God intended for me to do from the time I get to third form, fourth form and fifth form?” he said.
Blackett also told the students that while believing in their dreams was important, believing in themselves was also a must. He explained that purpose-driven people looked for lessons hidden in trials, so that they could learn from them and achieve better.
“If you think that you are going to sit down and think . . . ‘One day I am going to own a mansion and I am going to own a state house’, and that everything will fall into place, you are kidding yourself. It doesn’t work that way . . . . It will not happen automatically that you will start to dream and succeed. We need to start looking at ourselves and believing in ourselves.”
Failing at times is okay, once you get back on your feet and try again, he advised.
“As I reflect on my life, and I reflect on all my hurdles, I have to do it with a smile, because I have failed quite a few times.
“I have fallen flat on my face quite a few times, too many times. [Actually] it is embarrassing how many times, but the fact is as I look back on those failures and all those hurdles, I say I would not have done x if I had not experienced [them] . . . . Believe in yourself, don’t give up. If you do fail, go again and try again and you will see success,” said Blackett, who has had “to sacrifice and work hard” to accomplish his dreams.
Dr Donna Hunte-Cox, chairman of the school’s board of management, also urged the charges to dream, be devoted, be disciplined and determined as they made their way towards their destiny.