“The person with dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”Albert Einstein
Some students are dreamers who live comfortably thinking about a world not yet created. Then there are the ‘down to earth’ students who find comfort in facts. Often, these two groups clash during group projects when there’s a need for a clear vision of an end goal but then also a clear, step-by-step plan to get it done.
According to Einstein, dreamers have power. They see a world not yet here and are able to shape reality towards that vision that only they can see. This is a power that goes beyond the power of knowing facts.
But there’s also great power that comes from knowing facts. If you know facts, you’re able to control and communicate much easier with people. Knowing facts gives you a power of certainty and an ability to forge shared understanding.
Do you need knowledge or imagination to have influence in the world?
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