Until I recently looked up the dictionary definition. The adjective of visionary is defined as “given to or characterized by fanciful, not presently workable, or unpractical ideas, views or schemes.” Not something you want to be described as, is it?
Oddly, the noun is defined as “a person of unusually keen foresight.” Now that’s more like it.
Interestingly, most reports on the qualities of great leaders include a reference to vision. I do think that true leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. But the vision of the leader and her ability to communicate it clearly is paramount.
“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” ~Jack Welch (Former CEO of General Electric)
I’ve always maintained that without a reason WHY, any price is too high. The day to day frustrations are kept at bay by setting your eyes on the prize.
“You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.” — Alvin Toffler
Vision, hope and faith may be impractical to some people. In reality, they are the substance to build a future with. Connecting your deepest dreams and desires to your daily activities is part of the “secret sauce” for success. Significant accomplishment has its roots in significant vision.
I will keep on dreaming and inspiring others to dream. No matter what the dictionary has to say about that. (Note that people are under the impression that dictionaries legislate language. What a dictionary does is keep track of usages over time.) Dream on….
“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.” — T.E. Lawrence