What is a dream to you? Is it a proverbial pot of gold at the end of a career rainbow? An ideal you want your moral compass to point toward? How about floor seats to the next Spurs vs. Mavericks game?
The beautiful thing about dreams is that they can be anything—a physical object, a spiritual state of mind, or a lifelong achievement of conquering a literal or metaphorical mountain. Of course, the intersection between our dreams and life itself rarely intersect at the time and place we want them to. That’s where Winslow Swart and Alberto Altmirano come in.
Winslow has been a member of Geekdom since our very first year, and has been a collaborator and mentor on several Geekdom projects. By day, he is the owner of Winslow Consulting, and after the sun sets he is the highest ranking Shihan at Kenseido, a Japanese martial arts dojo. Should the office ever be assaulted by thugs or ninjas, He is our greatest line of defense.
We spend so much time doing what we have to do, or what we are responsible for; work, family, friends, expectations, that eventually most of us give up on what we really wanted out of our life. I don’t want that to ever be an expectation for anyone looking to get the best out of their life, big or small.
“Dreams are what have kept me motivated since my younger years,” Winslow explained, “I always have five that I’m actively working on, but I’ve got 95 others I want to get to as well.”
OneMillionDreams.me is a dream mentoring platform they like to refer to as a “dream accelerator”. With nearly 70% of the workforce reporting to be “actively disengaged” with their work life, the inspiration to dream is being snuffed out from stress and pressure to perform for superiors. But without dreams to motivate us, what does any person truly have to look forward to? What really drives them to succeed?
Questions like these brought Winslow and Alberto to city councilman Alan Warrick who helped found Dare2Dream, a pilot program of dream mentors committed to inspiring people and civic groups, who have given up on themselves or their community, to start dreaming again. Then, find them the resources to start working toward that dream.
“Warrick was a catalyst for us when he came in. He saw our potential in a new way that could extend into the San Antonio community and especially for our youth, and that’s when this platform really took off” Winslow said.
Their upcoming web application will be the extension of that philosophy. Due to debut in early 2017, Winslow has been working with programmers in developing an algorithm that assists in dream achievement. As a type of gamification of the path to success, potential ‘dreamers’ would input as much description about their dream as possible, including timelines, dates, potential risks, challenges, benefits, and what success might lead to. From there, the application will design a rubric of “action steps” that act as positive feedback and reinforcement as the dreamer works toward their dream.
Part ninja, part geek, but all dreamer, Winslow has no intention of stopping dreaming, and to do so is to give up on part of what makes life so wonderful.
“We spend so much time doing what we have to do, or what we are responsible for; work, family, friends, expectations, that eventually most of us give up on what we really wanted out of our life. I don’t want that to ever be an expectation for anyone looking to get the best out of their life, big or small.”