The Founding Fathers' goal was a nation free from Britain's tyranny. Abe Lincoln's goal was a nation united, not divided...be it over the type of economy we were to run or slavery. Joe Kennedy's goal was to put one of his son's in the White House. Dr. King's goal was to make it possible for someone like Barack Obama to become president. Kanye West's goal was to make it to the top of the hip-hop landscape, and then some.
At one point or another, each of these goals were probably viewed as too lofty if not downright laughable. A small startup collection of colonies taking down an entire empire? Are you kidding! Getting those Southerners to get rid of free labor and embrace the industrial age? You're joking, right? Putting an Irish-Catholic boy from New England in the Oval Office, good luck. A black man becoming president; not in this lifetime. Kanye being up there with Radiohead and Jay-Z and Coldplay in terms of touring and album success? Is he the opening act?
But, either through war or wisdom, connections or campaign slogans, each of these goals were reached. And if I'm being honest with myself, I must say, not all of these goals were that lofty or unimaginable.
The United States should have sought its independence far before the Stamp Act, but the Founding Fathers were a fairly conservative bunch. The Civil War was a long time coming, but the end of slavery was something American politicians were contemplating decades earlier. JFK ended up in the White House in large part because his older brother died on a pilot's mission he never should have went on. Dr. King's goal may have been realized much earlier if he and Malcolm X (and the Kennedys) hadn't been assasinated before they could put more collective energy into their work. Kanye should've gotten a deal much earlier, but Rocafella Records - the label Jay-Z built and Kanye signed to - was too busy with no-sales rappers like Memph Bleek and Freeway.
But like I said before, it takes rejection to become successful. So the Founding Fathers endured long enough to mount a military, the Civil War was waged, JFK rose to the presidency, Obama re-invented a progressive campaign and Kanye came out with 'Through the Wire'.
I'm fond of saying attitudes influence behavior and behavior influences actions and actions influence results. In route to those results, at least the successful ones, there are plenty of hurdles. They may come in the form of rejection (not getting into a certain school) or roadblock (having to wait for another election cycle) and sometimes you may have to go it alone because you have more faith or conviction in yourself and your goal than anyone else (not getting a record deal, for example)...but keep plugging away at your goal.
It may seem lofty today, but in hindsight it may seem like your accomplishment was just a long time coming