What’s Your Dream?
By Megan Meyers; Phi, University of Kansas
What’s your dream? About three years ago, every employee of the company I work for was asked to read “The Dream Manager,” by Mathew Kelly. He writes about the high percentage of turnover companies experience with their employees. His solution is to ask employees what their dreams are, and help them achieve those dreams via a company Dream Manager who is appointed to help everyone achieve their dreams. He found when employees are happy with their personal lives, they end up being better workers and more loyal to the company.
My co-workers and I meet with our Dream Manager on a regular basis and have a scheduled, company-wide weekly dream time. We were initially asked to write down 100 dreams (short, mid, and long term) and then we narrowed those down to five dreams on which to focus. Two of the dreams on my top five list are to visit all 50 states by the time I’m 50, and to do a service trip. When the opportunity was announced for the Alumnae Global Service Trip, I jumped on the chance and applied without thinking twice. When I was accepted, it was literally a dream come true!
I packed my bags and showed up in New Orleans last Thursday, so excited that two of my dreams were becoming reality. But it wasn’t until our nightly discussion after our first day working on the house for Mark, a survivor of Hurricane Katrina, that I realized this isn’t just about me and my dreams, this trip is also about other’s dreams. It’s not just about me getting to color another state in on my map, but it’s about being fortunate enough to help someone else achieve their dreams.
Mark’s dream is to have a house for his family to live in for the next 30 years. In order to achieve that dream, he realized he needed to ask for help. This 31-year-old man had a dozen women, spanning 4 decades, help him insulate, drywall, tape and mud his house. What a lesson for all of us to learn; sometimes you have to set aside your pride, and not be afraid to ask for help to achieve your dreams. Through this experience I realized that by us helping Mark achieve his dreams, it was just as rewarding for us.
So I encourage you to think about your dreams… no dream is too big to too small. Who can be your Dream Manager? What do you need to do to achieve those dreams? And don’t be afraid ask for help.