This morning I was speaking with my brother in Colorado.  He was telling me about my eleven-year-old nephew Adam.  Adam is now involved in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program in the Ft. Collins area and is so excited about the program that he can’t wait to go back.  Adam added, “They even have good food”!  A great bonus if you ask me.

I was thrilled to hear of such enthusiasm for a STEM program, and was reminded about the desperate need to educate our children, but more importantly, is the need to find ways to inspire them to dream and have visions for our future.  We need to find ways to create “forces of attraction” that drives interest in the subjects that we teach our children and young people.

Recently I was listing to Neil de Grasse Tyson speak about the value of STEM and its impact on the economy.  For those of you that have never heard of Mr. de Grasse Tyson, he is an Astrophysicist and director of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  If you get the opportunity to hear him speak sometime, take it!  He really is amazing.

He was speaking about the need to get our county back on track to being an “Innovation Nation”.  I don’t think that he believes that we are not innovative.  Obviously we are one of the most, if not the most, innovative nation on earth.  I think what he was speaking about, was the need to motivate us collectively as a nation.  Find ways to inspire us all to long for a better future and in turn, do something about it.

Remember, it is inspiration, dreams and vision that fuel our entrepreneurs to create the next breakthrough in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.  It is these breakthroughs that will help stimulate the economic growth and employment opportunities that we all are looking for.

In de Grasse Tyson’s speech, he referenced a favorite quote of mine.  The quote comes from the famous French aviator of the early 1900’s, Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

If you want people to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work……….but rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Now is the time that we all need to “long” for the “endless immensity” of opportunity that living in the United States provides.

We are capable of so much and together we can do great things.  We now need find the strength and will to act on our Inspiration, Dreams and Vision.