Dream On

A few weeks ago I watched the Oscar nominated documentary Man on a Wire, about the amazing, 45-minute high wire act (between the rooftops of the Twin Towers) by French wire walker, Philippe Petit.

As this dramatic story unfolds, you begin to get a better idea of what a true dreamer looks like. From the moment he read a short article in a magazine about the construction of the Two Towers, he knew that his mission in life was to walk across the two buildings after construction.

One revealing quote about Petit’s ambitious fervor follows:

To me, it’s really so simple, that life should be lived on the edge. You have to exercise rebellion. To refuse to tape yourself to the rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge. Then you will live your life on the tightrope.

Here’s what struck me: After Petit accomplishes his dream, they put him in the psychiatric ward for evaluation.

So, how big are your dreams? So big that people think you are crazy?


~ by Dave Smith on February 1, 2009.

2 Responses to “Dream On”

  1. How do his comments fit with your earlier post – “Creative Killers”?

  2. Yea, Petit is a guy who is about pushing the edge!

    I stated in the previous post: “Definitely seek creative freedom, pushing the boundaries when and where necessary. But careful of also not digging deeper in your creative well to allow your pressing circumstances to move you to new levels of problem-solving, dream development, and undiscovered creations.”

    I think the film shows that daring freedom mentioned by Nate’s post, but also the creative problem solving in making this whole stunt come to life in the midst of LARGE obstacles.

    If you watch the film, the creative problem-solving in how his team was able to secretly get the line across the two buildlings is exactly the idea of how greater creativity surfaces within strict perimeters.

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