Keep Your Dream

by Stephen on October 1, 2008 · 179 comments

in Motivational Stories

I have a friend named Monty Roberts who owns a horse ranch in San Ysidro. He has let me use his house to put on fund-raising events to raise money for youth at risk programs.

The last time I was there he introduced me by saying:

“I want to tell you why I let Jack use my horse. It all goes back to a story about a young man who was the son of an itinerant horse trainer who would go from stable to stable, race track to race track, farm to farm and ranch to ranch, training horses. As a result, the boy’s high school career was continually interrupted. When he was a senior, he was asked to write a paper about what he wanted to be and do when he grew up.”

“That night he wrote a seven-page paper describing his goal of someday owning a horse ranch. He wrote about his dream in great detail and he even drew a diagram of a 200-acre ranch, showing the location of all the buildings, the stables and the track. Then he drew a detailed floor plan for a 4,000-square-foot house that would sit on a 200-acre dream ranch.”

“He put a great deal of his heart into the project and the next day he handed it in to his teacher. Two days later he received his paper back. On the front page was a large red F with a note that read, `See me after class.'”

“The boy with the dream went to see the teacher after class and asked, `Why did I receive an F?'”

“The teacher said, `This is an unrealistic dream for a young boy like you. You have no money. You come from an itinerant family. You have no resources. Owning a horse ranch requires a lot of money. You have to buy the land. You have to pay for the original breeding stock and later you’ll have to pay large stud fees. There’s no way you could ever do it.’ Then the teacher added, `If you will rewrite this paper with a more realistic goal, I will reconsider your grade.'”

“The boy went home and thought about it long and hard. He asked his father what he should do. His father said, `Look, son, you have to make up your own mind on this. However, I think it is a very important decision for you.’ Finally, after sitting with it for a week, the boy turned in the same paper, making no changes at all.

He stated, ‘You can keep the F and I’ll keep my dream.'”

Monty then turned to the assembled group and said, “I tell you this story because you are sitting in my 4,000-square-foot house in the middle of my 200-acre horse ranch. I still have that school paper framed over the fireplace.”

He added, “The best part of the story is that two summers ago that same schoolteacher brought 30 kids to camp out on my ranch for a week. When the teacher was leaving, the teacher said, ‘Look, Monty, I can tell you this now. When I was your teacher, I was something of a dream stealer. During those years I stole a lot of kids’ dreams. Fortunately you had enough gumption not to give up on yours.'”

“Don’t let anyone steal your dreams. Follow your heart, no matter what.”

– Author Unknown

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{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ndoumah Victor April 2, 2009 at 2:28 pm

And don’t tell your dream to anyone less they realise it before you.

2 SUDHIR NAG April 18, 2009 at 7:38 am


3 Patricia October 19, 2009 at 7:20 pm

This encourages me, because I’m very like Monty. But I serve a great big God and between him and we make an unbeatable team.

4 Carlos D. October 19, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Thumbs up to all those that holds dream as that of Monty. however through GOD everything is possible, so glinch to the LORD that for him Dreams are REALITY. SON’ IF THERE IS A WILL THERE IS WAY’.

5 ARCHANA December 13, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Excellent dream…….where one day my dream story will also be added in this site !!!!!!!!!!

6 Nishkarsh December 18, 2009 at 2:46 am

this story has helped me keeping my dream…

7 Sid Jk February 7, 2010 at 7:00 am

That’s great!!! Good goal ha..!! Keep up with the determination.

8 Khouloud Kleshko May 14, 2010 at 8:47 am

A great story… very inspiring …. because sometimes we don’t have enough faith in ourselves..

9 Manish June 8, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Nice story

10 Chirag Varmora July 2, 2010 at 10:23 am

Nice story … really like it…….

11 Neil August 3, 2010 at 5:53 am


12 Johnny Dreamer August 12, 2010 at 11:30 pm

I have failed a lot in life and now at this point in time I have decided to cooperate with God’s Graces and do his will and actually live to my fullest potential with the abilities he blessed me with.

When I was younger I let everybody and anybody sway me and discourage me from doing the right thing and I realize now so many years later, that I have only myself to blame for all those failures of mine.

Never let anybody ever tell you that you can’t accomplish anything in life, because with GOD all things are possible. I’m 43 and I’m going to school for the first time since I was in High School. Yes I can and so can you. Thanks for this very inspiring story.

13 Nibii October 28, 2010 at 9:06 am

Thank u dear, it’s pointing to the real fact of life. if one has no dream then that can’t reach on that point to achieve it…

14 Srinivas Kondu October 28, 2010 at 9:55 am

Really a good one.

Johnny Dreamer,
Keep up the Spirit, U wil definetly achieve ur goals.

15 Rajeev kumar singh December 7, 2010 at 4:45 am

I want to become teacher .the moral of this story will remain in my heart along with my mind.
I’ll bust up ones dream alive at any cost at any way.
I wish everyone to have a dream.To achieve it have burning courage.
Be stalward
be gentle
be concious
be active
be benevolant
be clever
be dareful
be enthustic
be fatabulous
be generous
be hardworking
be intellect
be jubbeline
be knight
be laborious
be master
be not nimble
be optimist
be passionate
be quite
be reasonable
be social
be talented
be useful
be vast
be watchful
be xilo
be yougth
be zestful

16 Priyanka Kadam December 18, 2010 at 10:04 am

Really it’s good.

17 Jaya December 20, 2010 at 11:13 am

It’s a nice story.

18 Suresh December 31, 2010 at 12:12 am

Superb story…

19 Sammy February 2, 2011 at 8:51 am

They that stand the episodes and create a story from it grow better because they don’t see just an episode but a story in the mind forever.

20 Laura February 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm

If you don’t at least try to persue your dreams, you will never succeed.
Anything is possible if you just believe.

21 Chinnu February 20, 2011 at 1:08 am

fantastic inspirational story

22 shayne cabanlit February 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm

very nice story…..and very inspiring!

23 dreamer08 February 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

This story is very inspiring. It gave me a motivation to pursue my dreams and continue holding it though thick and thin. One day, I wish my story will be told to others too.

Continue motivating and inspiring people… Your site is worth visiting.

24 Roba March 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Great! It’s better to give a deaf ear to those who show you a 1000 reasons why you won’t achieve your dream.

25 modo March 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm

i like the story it is so cool

26 Vijetha Shetty March 11, 2011 at 1:56 am

Excellent Story Thanks alot

27 hidayat April 17, 2011 at 4:08 am

strong commitment prosper.

28 satish April 18, 2011 at 11:50 am


29 shiva May 4, 2011 at 9:18 pm

nice and superb story

30 luyando May 16, 2011 at 11:57 am

very inspiring…i love it. mostly we block our dreams when we allow our fears to grow bigger than our faith.

31 mitali May 25, 2011 at 4:41 am

i cant resist myself to read dis story again n again
its trully inspirational

32 Varun June 9, 2011 at 4:28 am

It’s tough to stick to your goal or stick to rightoeusness in adverse situations. We all do adjustments and compromises but the Boy did not do.

I liked his statement: “You can keep the F and I’ll keep my dream.”

33 divya June 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Wow….wow…wow… It’s amazing. Like it so much… Thanks.

34 Sumit Sodhi July 3, 2011 at 11:23 am

Jack Canfield is the author of this story. Read it long back in a book named – From where you are to where you want to be – Jack changed my life….!!

35 PALAK July 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm

This is a truly inspiring and motivational story….

36 Girygirl July 11, 2011 at 11:58 am

Jack Canfield? May GOD bless him!

37 Ali July 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm

So nice

38 Ashna Sambhar August 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Nice lines by Channakya. You are born without anything but you die with your name. So that name must not be a word, it must be a history…

39 Ashna Sambhar August 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm

When you find a dream inside your heart, don’t ever let it go because dreams are the seeds from which beautiful tomorrows grow…

40 Nodier August 9, 2011 at 9:47 am

15. Rajeev kumar, that’s one very good comment. I’ll try my best to live up to it and never give up.

41 Himadri August 12, 2011 at 11:37 am

Nice story…

42 Gaurav_Luthra August 20, 2011 at 10:22 am

Awesome! Now onwards i will believe in myself not in what others think about me. Thanx alot!

43 RKNair August 29, 2011 at 10:50 am

very good

44 Nancie September 7, 2011 at 10:09 am

It is a wonderful story of a boy’s determination to keep his dream and make it happen. How sad to think teachers can ruin any childs dream and put them down, that is not what
a good teacher does. I was disappointed that the author did not have the father be more supportive of his son’s dream. Yes, it was an important decision, but as a father, he should have said something better than that.

45 Hemanth September 21, 2011 at 5:45 am

Awesome story.. Inspired me… Wish to stick to my dreams

46 Zainab September 27, 2011 at 9:39 am

It is amazing. I really loved the story.

47 Niharika Bhuyan October 13, 2011 at 1:09 am

Awesome story which inspired me a lot……………definitely will dream bigger & stick 2 it

48 a.s.h.a October 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Tomorrow me and my group will tell and comment on this story in class…. thanks to those who published it here.

49 The_Xplorer October 28, 2011 at 5:12 am

Dare to Dream !!!

50 nikhat November 1, 2011 at 6:22 am

very nice…

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