Dreamers Or Difference Makers?
by Amy Hatfield
My 11th grade American History teacher often accused me of daydreaming. She was right. She was also boring. I felt OK about my daydreamer label at the time, but now I recognize my daydreams for what they really are: an escape from whatever isn’t engaging me at the time.
And the daydreams are always lofty. I imagine Oprah interviewing me about a novel I wrote that sold five million copies or I’m back on a boat in Costa Rica but, this time, I not only hook the sailfish with my pink-skirted saltwater popper, but also reel her in. In the vision, there are high-fives all around and my bare feet are bleeding, only slightly, from the four-hour fight to reel in this enormous trophy.
Daydreams can be an expression of ambition, but they can also be counter productive, especially if the dreamer is reaching for things only teetering on the cusp of what’s reasonable at the time. A wide receiver that dives for a ball just outside his reach is ambitious; a wide receiver that dives for a ball ten yards beyond his reach is just face-planting.
Put A Name On The Ballot
Sure, you can sit and dream big, but your task list doesn’t grow shorter. Or you can reach just outside of your core responsibilities and daily demands and inch yourself above the fray to impact issues in your own arena. Day by day, we can all stretch our influence in the workplace, in an industry and, inch-by-inch, we’ll make incremental progress. Within our own industry, there is opportunity to lead archery and bowhunting as a nucleus of businesses and as a sport. Each year, the ATA reaches out to you guys and asks for your leadership. This year is no different. We need you to sustain the collective efforts we all value and give life to new efforts that, at present, hibernate, undiscovered.
Do you have ideas about what ATA should do with its resources? If so, we encourage you to run for the ATA Board of Directors or nominate someone you feel would be valuable to your trade association. Here’s what you need to know:
Submit their Name, Regular Member Company Affiliation and Contact Information.
Did You Know?
The ATA estimates that in 2004, 80 percent of dealers had average sales of less than $20,000 per year.