Op-ed

Joe Biden, the audacity of Dreams

It is no longer news that Joe Biden, 77, has been elected the 46th president of the United States after defeating incumbent Donald Trump in what has been described as one of the most electrifying and suspense-filled elections in the country’s history. So many things have been said of the personality of Joe Biden, including his intellectual sagacity and commitment to service to humanity.

However, the most critical characteristics of the newly elected US president is his determination and commitment to the fulfilment of his dreams. In 1972 Joe was elected senator representing the city of Delaware at the age of 29, becoming the sixth youngest senator in the history of the United States. Joe Biden served as the 47th Vice president of the United States between 2009 to 2017 during the Obama administration. Biden credits his parents with instilling in him toughness, hard work and perseverance. He has recalled his father frequently saying, “Champ, the measure of a man is not how often he is knocked down, but how quickly he gets up.” This sums up the personality of Joe- the willingness and determination to hold onto his dreams irrespective of the force of the tide.

Antony Robbins noted in his famous book (Awaken the Giant Within) that we all have dreams. “we all want to believe deep down in our souls that we have a special gift, that we can make a difference, that we can especially touch others, and that we can make the world a better place. At one time in our lives, we all had a vision for the quality of life that we desire and deserve. Yet, for many of us, those dreams have become shrouded in the frustrations and routines of daily life that we no longer even make an effort to accomplish them.” It is not enough to have dreams – we all have dreams. But what are you doing differently daily to ensure that your dreams come to fruition? What steps, approaches and strategies are you taking to bring your dream to fulfilment? You see, folks, life is practical and only those who are intentional about their dreams will see to its fulfilment. Others will falter into the abyss of self-delusion.

According to T.D. Jakes ” too many people want the appearance of winning rather than the practices and hard work that create a true champion.” They want to appear to have arrived, they want early gratification but lack the courage to move beyond the ordinary, “from the methodical mediocre into the revolutionary realization of where they belong.”

Joe Biden represents an example of what it means to be committed and intentional about one’s dreams. As early as 29 years he already knew what his dreams were and the strategies that would get him there. Despite his very modest background, he remained committed, steadfast and disciplined to pursue his dreams. His father was only but a used car salesperson. Used car, not branch new cars! In fact, Joe would recount how he got bullied by the “bigger kids” in the neighbourhood and his mother would say “Bloody their nose so you can walk down the street the next day!'” As funny as this may sound but it forms the habit of a true champion, one who never gets distracted by the opinion and standard set by others.

One life-changing lesson I have learned from Joe Biden is that success is intentional. It requires daily, weekly, monthly and yearly success oriented plans and strategies. It requires a change in mindset, consistency and ability to stretch one’s limit. Even at age 77 Joe is still aspiring. What is stopping you? Age, money or connection?

As we celebrate Joe Biden as the president-elect of the United States let’s also reflect and adopt strategies that will make us live a more fulfilled life.

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chamberline Chinaka

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