When the boy told his mentor what he wanted to do had never been done before, his mentor responded by saying, “Sometimes you have to chase the dream before you create the path.” What the mentor was essentially saying to his mentee is that there will be times in your life when you have to pioneer your path, times when you will be the only one who believes in the dream you’re pursuing.
On this day in 1870, Hirman R. Revels of Mississippi was sworn in as the first black U.S. senator and first black representative in Congress. I can’t imagine what type of negativity and backlash Revels received when he pioneered his path. Regardless, it wasn’t enough to stop him from making history.
I had to pioneer my path when I became the first person in my family to graduate from college. Perhaps you have a dream calling you, but there is no path showing you the way to get there. Don’t let the unknown deter you or discourage you. It just means you have to be the one to chase the dream so that you can create the path. That’s how pioneers are born, and that’s how you make history.