The media industry can be a tricky place to hang your career hat.
Too often, my Flipboard feeds are filled with stories of despair and disappointment — and I have to read them. It’s my job.
Sometimes, though, I get to share triumphs and tales of optimistic persistence, and, lucky me, today was one of those days.
This Vimeo video of a man with an impossible dream has gone viral, and for good reason. Something about the courage of someone who has nothing but believes he can accomplish anything is undeniably appealing.
Tyler Bastian, who produced the film, met Agustin in Honduras while he was serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Agustin has spent the past 54 years building a helicopter out of trash.
This is his dream, and, despite the ridicule and raised eyebrows, he continues to dust off discarded soda cans and string and make something spectacular.
As I watched this video, I felt rebuked for my own hesitancy when it comes to pursuing my dreams.
“I don’t have enough money.”
“I don’t have the right skills.”
“What if no one appreciates my work?”
Agustin taught me that those excuses just don’t fly (pun intended). The problem is not lack of money or talents — or even success by anyone else’s standards, according to Agustin.
“The problem is that everything is incredible and people don’t accept it,” he says.
Amen, Agustin. Nothing is impossible if you believe everything is incredible.