Visionaries change the world. They always have, and always will.

There is something special about them; the way they think, act, talk, and enroll others. The ones who win us over, only do so through sheer determination (not determination to prove being right or generate great wealth or fame; but a determination to contribute to improving the world).

I am sure there was some way Copernicus would be financially compensated for his, then radical, theories about the sun being the center of universe with planets orbiting around it; but that fortune would likely not last as long as his ideas.

The same goes for Da Vinci, Newton, Columbus, Ghandi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and so many of history’s great visionaries that have shaped today. In modern business and entertainment; we cannot argue the merits of Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, and so many others no longer living.

They saw something so vividly, so clearly in their mind that few others could not. They were ridiculed; had laws written to prevent them from succeeding; even fired from the company they founded because they were willing to risk their life/career to change the world. They succeeded by surrounding themselves with a variety of talent who believed in their vision (often without being able to see it themselves) and individuals who could help bring their revolution to reality.

They gained popularity in spite of the ridicule – likely because of it.
They introduced us to things we had never seen, things that we didn’t even know we wanted.
Perhaps their courage came from the sheer amounts of detail they saw, and a willingness to see people enjoy life in a new way.

Maybe that’s just the way I see it with my vision.

I took the above photo during a glorious week that I vacationed on Maui. I think about the early explorers who had the vision to either leave the island in search of a bigger world; or those who left an established continent in search of something more exotic.

Every business needs a vision, a clearly articulated destination. My flight to Maui covered several thousand miles to arrive at one very specific island, airport, runway, and gate. Does your business have that sort of clarity?

Make time every day (start with 20 minutes) to think about it until you do have it. This level of clarity over a vast span (time, distance, product development, etc) is perhaps the single, most important aspect to a successful business. This post was inspired by the following quote by Ansel Adams.