On January 12, 2007, a man sat on the side of a train station in Washington d.c USA, while playing on a violin that cold morning.

He played for about 45 minutes as over 1000 people passed by him. A minute later, the man received his first dollar tip from a woman who without stopping threw the money into the basket beside him. A few minutes later, someone stopped to listen to the music,but looked at his watch and walked away.

The only one who paid the most attention to the violinist was a 3 year old boy who kept turning his head to look as his mother hurriedly tagged him along. Several other children did the same but all the parents, without exception, forced them to move on. Out of the 1,100 people who passed by, only 6 people stopped and 20 gave him money. He collected a total of only $32 that day. Suddenly, silence filled the train station as he finished playing. No one noticed it, no one applauded, no one recognize that the man putting on an old face cap, who played the violin was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

This act proves that just because most people don’t care to listen to your dreams and aspiration doesn’t mean they aren’t relevant or achievable. If people couldn’t take a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing one of the best music ever written on a $3.5m violin, how would they care to buy into your dreams?

Don’t look down on yourself, you are endowed beyond what you think. You have more than what it takes to realize all your dreams. There is something inside of you that most people may not appreciate. Just because people can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t real. No one saw the dream of Joseph in the Bible,they only heard it. Nobody can see your dreams,they can only hear it. So stay focused while believing in God and yourself . You’ll make it!

By: Ayeni Ekundayo