The Dreaming Child

By Michael Hirsch

I believe the greatest dreamers alive today are not even old enough to drive a car… this passion fuels us each day at Loveworks to embrace the opportunity to mine the creative potential in these eager dreamers.

As I turned the corner and continued on my run one particularly sunny Saturday afternoon, I will never forget seeing the face of a young child. This little boy was sitting behind a lemonade stand set up in the driveway of his house. He waved at me and I could see the sparkle in his eye as he smiled from ear to ear. The look on his face was pure expectation, waiting for neighbors to walk by and buy his chilled treats.

In that moment, I was reminded that every person has been given a dream.

Regardless of race or socioeconomic status, there is a boundless dreamer in everyone. Sometimes that dreamer is alive and kicking, other times it might be beat down or asleep. My desire is to lead the Loveworks organization with a prominent goal before our team: that we will give every student and leader the opportunity to pursue their dream and through that pursuit, influence their world along the way. Many times dreams don’t cost a lot of money, they just need a bucket of belief to water them. We believe in the hearts of our students, and each day we get to see their dreams—or as we like to say ‘lemonade stand moments’—rooted deeper and wider in eager hearts.

What was your dream as a child? Maybe it’s possible that playing Cinderella, building forts, climbing trees, and dreams of being a professional athlete had more purpose in those moments than we give them credit for?

The good news is that lemonade stands can be built by both children and adults. It’s never too early or too late to go after your dream

At Loveworks, we are shaping the stories of young men and women to become passionate about using what they have in their hands to make the world a better place.

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