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<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/m">Your Music and People</a>”:</div>
<h1>Detailed dreams blind you to new means.</h1>
<small>2018-03-18</small>
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	There’s a fable of a man stuck in a flood.
	Convinced that God is going to save him, he says no to a passing canoe, boat, and helicopter that offer to help.
	He dies, and in heaven asks God why He didn’t save him.
	God says, “I sent you a canoe, a boat, and a helicopter!”
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	We all have vivid imaginations.
	We get a goal in our mind and picture the path so clearly.
	Then it’s hard to stop focusing on that vivid image, to see what else could work.
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	New technologies make old things easier, and new things possible.
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	That’s why you need to re-evaluate your old dreams to see if new means have come along.
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	Some actors move to Hollywood hoping to get noticed.
	Others use every new outlet to make themselves unavoidable.
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	Some authors are just waiting for a publisher to sign them.
	Others are getting rich just self-publishing.
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	You need to distinguish between what is your real goal, and what are the unnecessary details.
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	Don’t let the details distract you from your goal.
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	For each of your dreams, occasionally ask yourself what the real point is.
	Then look for a better way to get to that point.
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	Let go of outdated dreams that keep you from noticing what’s here now.
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