Dr. Dick Barnett has expanded his lecture series, teaming with the National Basketball Association, Madison Square Garden and Signature Bank to focus on education, dreams and the limitless dimensions of human possibilities for aspiring students that continue to dream about their futures.
He also uses “The Dream Paradigm” to reach business professionals to discuss the limitless dimensions of human possibilities. “The Dream Paradigm” composes the disciplines of perseverance, sacrifice and determination driven by the unquenchable thirst to achieve a goal, scale an ambition and to live one’s dream. The never-changing struggle through life travails, relationships, finances and careers threatened by the temptations of ever present sex, drugs, love, hate, disappointments, politics, and the emergence and impact of social media. Dr. Barnett states that these are the ingredients that challenge ambition on a sustained basis and discusses how to overcome these obstacles in his message.
NURTURING THE DREAM
Dreams are a sustained philosophy of desire and purpose to help guide, focus and encourage one to continue the path of love, hard work and optimism to fulfill “The Dream Paradigm”.
The path and road in the life of professional athletes is challenged by the travails and temptations of an environment hedged and driven by money, marketing and media. These predicates form the basis of an expanding world of make-believe. Where astronomical dollars and generational wealth has changed the psychological and questionable intellectual capacity of the athlete to understand the attraction, sometimes fatal involvement of sex, drugs, aberrant choices, destructive behavior and the dichotomous illusions that the dream world of fame and fortune is everlasting.
Understanding the opulent oasis of the sports theater, where the lore of admiration, fulfillment of a dream, achieving an ambition and reaching a goal, all provide the construct in the never before arena of existence. This high-flying life will bring opportunities of distractions, parties, beautiful accommodating women and substances that conflict with the use of the body as the engine that fuels the athletic possibilities and supports the passion and dream that drives one to achieve. Further, there’s always an ever-present array of yes-men offering untold investments, family members that want to be included and hanger-ons that surround the drama of the sports action hero.
Choices and awareness are the cornerstones and guideposts for young athletes pursuing a dream that can be threatened by injury, aberrant behavior, loss of position, politics and human relationships. These events and circumstances can swiftly truncate an athletic dream. Passion remains the key to fuel the dream, to keep one focused, to nurture one’s desire and summon forth a sounding trumpet that will never call retreat, because dreams can dry up like raisins in the sun if not nourished everyday.