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What a dead man can teach us about vision

By March 17, 2012August 5th, 2022Uncategorized

Recently I saw a short film about a man whose heart wasn’t able to sustain his life any longer. The doctors quickly put their heads together to come up with a very innovative solution–take his heart out and put in a pump.

That’s right.

They tried the experiment on 50 cows before they dared try it on a human. But do you know what? When it was all said and done–IT WORKED! The wild part is that the man lives, yet he has no heartbeat.  Why? It’s because someone had a vision and went for it.

Heart Stop Beating | Jeremiah Zagar from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

Andy Stanley says “A vision is what could and should be.” Another way to find your vision is by asking this question “What’s the one thing I/we could be the best in the world at?” The answer to that will put you on the road to realizing a vision that can pull you into the future.

I’ve talked to leaders and companies who have a vision to make lots of money. While money is a measure of success, it can’t be the only measure. Why? Because if money is your primary goal, you might as well be a drug dealer. It’s a much quicker way to get money.  If money is the only goal, you’ll do all sorts of ridiculous things to get it, some of those things might even be illegal! What I’m trying to say is this; the world has so many needs and most people have something that can benefit the world but they stop too soon because of those dollar signs.

So what do we learn about vision from a dead man? We learn that when a person moves forward with a real vision, things that shouldn’t be living come alive.

Who would have thought a pump would power a human life? Someone with vision.

Remember those vision questions? First, what can you be the best in the world at? Second, what could and should be? Those two questions will put you on the road to realizing a vision that matters.

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