Sunday, 10 August 2014

“Do You Dream or Daydream?” - Professor M.S.Rao

“The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

Some people dream while some daydream and both have pros and cons. The dreaming has more pros while the daydreaming has more cons. It is a well-admitted fact that everyone wants to achieve success in this world. However, a few people dream and many daydream. In fact, what is essential is to dream more to achieve more in life. Here is the difference between the dreaming and the daydreaming.

Dream vs. Daydream

Dream is the one that doesn’t allow you to sleep. It enhances your inspiration to accomplish great things in your life. In contrast, daydream is a mere fantasy and beating around the bush in an imaginative world without any outcome. Although daydreaming is good in some aspects it is bad in many aspects especially when you want to achieve success in life. 

Daydreaming is a state of an undisciplined mind which is often attributed with laziness. At the same time, some of the scientists are daydreamers who used it productively to unlock their creativity. Research shows that people who are in creative careers such as composers, novelists and filmmakers daydreamed to develop new ideas.  For instance, Thomas Edison used daydreaming for his creative work. Dr Jonathan Schooler, psychologist at the University of California once remarked, “For creativity you need your mind to wander but you also need to be able to notice that you’re mind wandering and catch the idea when you have it. If Archimedes had come up with a solution in the bathtub but didn’t notice he’d had the idea, what good would it have done him?” That means people from creative careers daydreamed and tapped their ideas for invention and execution.

Ken and Ben – A Story on Dreaming and Daydreaming

Here is an inspiring and striking story of two Indian students. Ken and Ben were good brothers who loved each other.  Ken always dreamed and worked very hard to accomplish his goals. He was committed and dedicated. Whatever the task was assigned, he did with excellence. He was highly ambitious and focused. He wanted to pursue his higher education – Master of Science (MS) in America after completion of his engineering education in India. He started working hard and scored higher marks and grades. He passed in the tests in India to get an entry for higher education in America. He got scholarship to pursue MS in America. In contrast, his brother Ben always daydreamed without any focus on studies. He mostly lived in his imaginative world rather than in the realistic world. As a result, he failed academically. Finally, he realized that daydreaming doesn’t work and started working hard academically. Ben cleared his backlogs of exams in his engineering education and somehow managed to acquire his engineering degree. He finally settled for higher education in India. From this story, it is obvious that to dream is good and to daydream is bad.

Here is the difference between Ken and Ben: Ken had a stable mind while Ben had an unstable mind. Ken foresaw the future while Ben realized it later. Ken worked with focus while Ben had a wavering mind. The only solace is that Ben realized his mistake and fell in the academic track quickly to achieve success in life.  Do you like to be Ken or Ben? The answer is obvious that everyone wants to be Ken.  

To dream is good, to aim high is great. But laziness and lack of focus are the biggest enemies to success which are often associated with daydreaming.  Hence, dream but don’t daydream to achieve great success to provide meaning to your life.

"The key to happiness is having dreams; the key to success is making them come true." -  James Allen

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Professor M.S.Rao, India
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