I recently read a remarkable, true story about William Kamkwamba, a young man from Malawi, Africa. William was forced to quit school at age 14 because his family could not pay the $80 annual school fee. Instead of becoming dejected or angry, William began to spend time at the library. When he noticed a picture of a windmill, William got the idea to build one. He realized that the windmill could provide a little electricity and pump water, both of which were in short supply in his community.
I've spent an undue share of my life pondering how to achieve my dreams and find good, meaningful work. Sometimes thinking is the precursor to creative work. But let's be honest. It can also be nothing more than fuel for the ego, an excuse to avoid trying the gifts we possess and doing the work we are meant to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it." I am so moved by this story of a young person whose curiosity and recognition of a need led him to act, despite scarcity of emotional or financial support.
May your dreams continue to bear fruit, William Kamkwamba!