That’s the message from the keynote speaker at Wednesday’s Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center.
Those in attendance heard from Community Newspapers Inc. Owner and University of Georgia Board of Regents Chair Dink NeSmith.
He said it is important for people to always dream.
“I heard somewhere in recent years that Benjamin Franklin once said most men, most people die from the neck up at age 25 because they stop dreaming,” said NeSmith.
Citing people like Martin Luther King, Jr. Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and R.G. LeTourneau, NeSmith pointed out how their dreams helped the world move forward.
However, NeSmith said it is not enough to dream.
He said those dreams require nurturing and leadership to make them come true.
“What makes your dreams come true is this reservoir of leadership and energy that flows through your Chamber of Commerce,” said NeSmith.
NeSmith then called on those in attendance to show that leadership for the Toccoa-Stephens County community.
He said Gen. George Marshall called a leader “a person who exerts influence that makes you want to do better than you thought you could.”
“That’s the question each of you need to ask every morning,” said NeSmith. “What type of influence are we exerting in this community to make it be better than we thought it could?”
NeSmith said that while dreaming in hard times can be difficult, it is important, adding that he believes in Toccoa and Stephens County.