Keep Your Dream

I have a friend named Monty Roberts who owns a horse ranch in San Isidro. He had let me use his horse ranch to put on fund-raising events to raise money for youth at risk programs.

The last time I was there he introduced me by saying, “I want to tell you why I let you use my horse ranch. It all goes back to a story about a young man who was the son of an itinerant horse trainer who would go from stable to stable, race track to race track, farm to farm and ranch to ranch, training horses. As a result, the boy’s high school career was continually interrupted. When he was a senior, he was asked to write a paper about what he wanted to be and do when he grew up.”

“That night he wrote a seven-page paper describing his goal of someday owning a horse ranch. He wrote about his dream in great detail and he even drew a diagram of a 200-acre ranch, showing the location of all the buildings, the stables, and the track. Then he drew a detailed floor plan for a 4,000-square-foot house that would sit on a 200-acre dream ranch.”

He put a great deal of his heart into the project and the next day he handed it into his teacher. Two days later he received his paper back. On the front page was a large red F with a note that read, `See me after class.’

The boy with the dream went to see the teacher after class and asked, `Why did I receive an F?’

The teacher said, `This is an unrealistic dream for a young boy like you. You have no money. You come from an itinerant family. You have no resources. Owning a horse ranch requires a lot of money. You have to buy the land. You have to pay for the original breeding stock and later you’ll have to pay large stud fees. There’s no way you could ever do it.’ Then the teacher added, `If you will rewrite this paper with a more realistic goal, I will reconsider your grade.’

The boy went home and thought about it long and hard. He asked his father what he should do. His father said, `Look, son, you have to make up your own mind on this. However, I think it is a very important decision for you.’ Finally, after sitting with it for a week, the boy turned in the same paper, making no changes at all.

He stated, “You can keep the F and I’ll keep my dream.”

Monty then turned to the assembled group and said, “I tell you this story because you are sitting in my 4,000-square-foot house in the middle of my 200-acre horse ranch. I still have that school paper framed over the fireplace.” He added, “The best part of the story is that two summers ago that same schoolteacher brought 30 kids to camp out on my ranch for a week.” When the teacher was leaving, he said, “Look, Monty, I can tell you this now. When I was your teacher, I was something of a dream stealer. During those years I stole a lot of kids dreams. Fortunately, you had enough gumption not to give up on yours.”

Moral: Don’t let anyone steal your dreams. Follow your heart, no matter what.   No Dream is too big or too small when one works hard to live it.  One should always try making dreams come true no matter what.

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'97' Thoughts on a Story

  1. this is great not bad huh?

  2. You could improve the moral , it is quite informal , but the story is inspiring . Keep it up !

  3. nice and motivational story

  4. Wow,,so inspiring

  5. Very good and inspiring story
    Dreams are day ambitions to be seen in sleep
    Several getup and forget the facts, rarely one steep
    To remember the concepts to come true in day
    Deem these truths to be self-evident
    As is in life of Monty Roberts

  6. The story is really educational and it can be understood in different ways. To my mind, here many things depend on teacher. Instead of ceasing pupils to dream she could have motivated them to reach more in life. Cause many boys are not so confident as the main character in the story. If the boy would b less confident and weak on his dreams after teacher’s words he could have stopped to dream bigger and do any actions.

  7. An inspiring story. We need to hold unto our dreams firmly because discouragers and dream stealers are all over.

  8. Really motivational and inspiring stories. It’s help me to teach my children in future.

  9. Ganga Chandrasekaran

    September 26, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Very inspiring and motivating

  10. Thank you for telling us I am grateful for you telling us our dreams very inspiration and delicate story ;)

  11. Just awesome….very much inspirational

  12. I swear that has happened to me a few times

  13. I’ll never don my dreams because I’m up all NIGHT and barley sleep


  15. What a savage tho

  16. Very nice inspirational stories!!!!equally good for kids and adults, For bringing motivation in life …highly appreciated!!!

  17. good story

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