What does it mean to aspire, and what can come of it if one tries? This past Sunday I went to a beautiful building in Chicago, and when we went onto the viewing deck of the building, I saw the word aspire painted on the tallest visible spot. When I think of what it means to aspire, I associate it with a phrase such as: “aspire to do more, be more.” However, in truth I would be hard pressed to come up with a Webster worthy definition of the word. So, I turned to the all famous Webster dictionary and learned a few things. I first learned that aspire was a verb, and it meant “to seek to attain or accomplish a particular goal."1 We are now about a month into the new year, and I have to ask, are you on track to accomplish any goals you have set for yourself? What about, bigger picture, current life goals? In Chicago, someone thought that it was important enough that they put it on the highest visible point on that building.


Remember that drive you had when you first dreamed of the future. Remember your dreams, and aspire to accomplish them. The artist who wrote this word had a message for you, you can choose to listen to it, or ignore it. For me, it was a reminder to never forget the ideology that drove and still drives me. For you it might mean something else. Whatever it might be, aspire to pursue your passions.

1. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. 11th ed. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 2003. Also available at


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