On Independence

When I was a little girl, my mother used to tell me: "If you aim for a star, you might hit a tree." Being a rather literal-minded child, I used to imagine myself in a gigantic catapult, aiming at Polaris, and crashing into the dilly tree in our back yard on the way.The point is you need to dream big dreams to accomplish even a little bit of them. The bigger your dreams, the higher your goals, the further you are going to go. But if you begin with small goals, you will go nowhere at all."If you aim for the tree," she'd tell me, "you'll probably hit the ground."

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