Viewpoint: Navigating Your Destiny

Viewpoint: Navigating Your Destiny

A message from our International President


When I was in the third grade in 1979, my teacher asked us to write down what we thought the world would be like in the year 2000. I wrote that in the year 2000 robots would be our co-workers, we would live on the Moon, and space ships would be the primary mode of transportation. Children have vivid imaginations! None of those predictions have come true – yet. It was fun to dream about the future.

What are your Toastmasters dreams for your future? Every accomplishment we achieve first starts as a dream. Our dream then becomes a goal. With diligence, effort, the support of others and belief in ourselves, our goals become a reality.

We are now at the midpoint of our Toastmasters program year. Are you progressing with the goals and dreams you set for yourself at the start of the Toastmasters year on July 1? Did you set goals for yourself? If so, how are you doing? If not, it is never too late to create and adjust your plans.

What are your dreams this year? I’ll tell you mine. As your President, my dream is that you achieve your own personal goals and dreams, whatever they may be. My other dream is that every single club, area, division and district achieves Distinguished status or better. My personal dream is to earn another Competent Communicator award.
As you contemplate your dreams, consider these words by Thomas Banyacya, Sr., elder of the Arizona Hopi Nation:

There is a river flowing now very fast,
it is so great and swift.
That there are those who will be afraid,
they will try to hold onto the shore.
They will feel they are being pulled apart,
and will suffer greatly.
Understand that the river knows its destination,
the elders say we must let go of the shore.
Push off into the middle of the river;
Keep our eyes open and our heads above water.
And I say; see who is in there with you,
Hold fast to them and celebrate!


Push off into the river of your destiny. Your Toastmasters friends are at your side. Your journey of dream-making and dream-achieving begins now!

Gary Schmidt, DTM
International President


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