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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

{ 187 comments… add one }
  • Sharda May 12, 2012, 1:34 am

    An inspiring story………….. amazing….. I like this.

  • Dakshesh April 27, 2012, 11:19 pm

    Ya it’s really inspiring because I am also a dream follower so it’s really good story for me.

  • VIVEK TOMAR April 22, 2012, 10:50 am

    True…. now I will follow my dream of becoming an entrepreneur with even more faith.

  • Set April 15, 2012, 10:45 am

    What makes your future and your personality is your dream. I want to fight with all my energy to reach my dream.

  • Vishal Pandey April 13, 2012, 5:32 am

    Life approaches us with a tiny fragments of decision or risks and leads to the bigger picture of glory… it decided there itself what u’ll be……by ur choice of decision or risk like monty risked the grade but decided to keep the dream…..

  • Prakash March 25, 2012, 8:27 am

    It inspirited me lot . . . . . . Thank u

  • Ara March 7, 2012, 8:10 pm

    Dreams do come true … but you need a decisive heart … for God can give you everything and anything in this world just ask and you will receive…

  • Aboi March 5, 2012, 8:35 pm

    Let us all have faith in whatever we dream and pray to God he will never forsake.

  • Kool March 5, 2012, 5:42 am

    Nice story.

  • Syed Suheel March 4, 2012, 10:24 am

    Dream is what life is made for, life is meaningless without big dreams…

  • Morwel March 4, 2012, 12:36 am

    Awesome stories! I’m hoping that it can help me on my projects!

  • CAMEROON SLIM February 15, 2012, 9:41 am

    i love this story

  • Amir February 8, 2012, 10:58 am

    Every inventions at the first time they were all just a dream but whom invented them was who keep his/her Dreams

  • Chibuike January 30, 2012, 3:36 am


  • Gizelle January 29, 2012, 6:20 am

    Beautiful storyyyyyyyyyyyyyy wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  • Veronica January 27, 2012, 10:41 am

    I love Montry Roberts and I hope to have my very own horse rescue! So his story inspired me to keep believing!

  • Chiku January 24, 2012, 2:50 am

    So I do wana say to my profsr keep your F, I will keep my dreams…

  • Azinejh January 22, 2012, 9:35 pm

    It was a great story.. it inspires me so much… it only means that everything is possible if we have a determination and courage to pursue our dreams in life… in fact, it’s our choice if we really mean to make our dreams come into a reality… I SALUTE…

  • Cyrus January 18, 2012, 3:03 am

    I really love this story… so whatever it takes never stop dreaming! You can have it… Prayer is the best!!

  • Anu Ana January 12, 2012, 8:12 am

    Really liked the story. So inspiring.

  • ing ing January 6, 2012, 11:48 pm

    Nice story, I love it

  • Failing girl January 5, 2012, 2:05 pm

    I have been going through a lot lately. I consider myself a disgrace. I just go with the flow of life each day. It’s like I can’t hold on anymore. My dreams seem like a distant future and I even have stopped believing in them. The one thing I have leared in life is that people in the world will never believe in you till they have seen you succeed and so a person should just believe in himself always. This story made me cry and made me believe in my dreams once again. My dream is to become a writer. I have had many writings published but I still think that I am not good enough. But from now on I am going to wait, believe in myself and am going to see myself hail heights. Thanks a tonne. 🙂

  • Ayushi December 3, 2011, 9:24 pm

    Such a great story …… inspiring, motivating…. never stop dreaming…. dream as big as u can!!!!!!
    Have dare to be with that dream … I too have some dreams.. which somewhat relate with this story
    ……………”hope i too get sucess to fulfill my dream”……………..

  • Palki December 1, 2011, 12:02 am

    Nice way to produce Positive energy.
    Story is really very cool.
    I appreciate.

  • Gyzlle November 8, 2011, 10:42 am

    Excellent Johnny dreamer & a very nice story

  • nikhat November 1, 2011, 6:22 am

    very nice…

  • The_Xplorer October 28, 2011, 5:12 am

    Dare to Dream !!!

  • a.s.h.a October 25, 2011, 2:10 pm

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

  • Niharika Bhuyan October 13, 2011, 1:09 am

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

  • Zainab September 27, 2011, 9:39 am

    It is amazing. I really loved the story.

  • Hemanth September 21, 2011, 5:45 am

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

  • Nancie September 7, 2011, 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.

  • RKNair August 29, 2011, 10:50 am

    very good

  • Gaurav_Luthra August 20, 2011, 10:22 am

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

  • Himadri August 12, 2011, 11:37 am

    Nice story…

  • Nodier August 9, 2011, 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.

  • Ashna Sambhar August 1, 2011, 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…

  • Ashna Sambhar August 1, 2011, 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…

  • Ali July 31, 2011, 3:38 pm

    So nice

  • Girygirl July 11, 2011, 11:58 am

    Jack Canfield? May GOD bless him!

  • PALAK July 9, 2011, 12:47 pm

    This is a truly inspiring and motivational story….

  • Sumit Sodhi July 3, 2011, 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….!!

  • divya June 9, 2011, 1:23 pm

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

  • Varun June 9, 2011, 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.”

  • mitali May 25, 2011, 4:41 am

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

  • luyando May 16, 2011, 11:57 am

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

  • shiva May 4, 2011, 9:18 pm

    nice and superb story

  • satish April 18, 2011, 11:50 am


  • hidayat April 17, 2011, 4:08 am

    strong commitment prosper.

  • Vijetha Shetty March 11, 2011, 1:56 am

    Excellent Story Thanks alot

  • modo March 3, 2011, 7:46 pm

    i like the story it is so cool

  • Roba March 2, 2011, 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.

  • dreamer08 February 26, 2011, 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.

  • shayne cabanlit February 21, 2011, 8:18 pm

    very nice story…..and very inspiring!

  • Chinnu February 20, 2011, 1:08 am

    fantastic inspirational story

  • Laura February 3, 2011, 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.

  • Sammy February 2, 2011, 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.

  • Suresh December 31, 2010, 12:12 am

    Superb story…

  • Jaya December 20, 2010, 11:13 am

    It’s a nice story.

  • Priyanka Kadam December 18, 2010, 10:04 am

    Really it’s good.

  • Rajeev kumar singh December 7, 2010, 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

  • Srinivas Kondu October 28, 2010, 9:55 am

    Really a good one.

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

  • Nibii October 28, 2010, 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…

  • Johnny Dreamer August 12, 2010, 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.

  • Neil August 3, 2010, 5:53 am


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

    Nice story … really like it…….

  • Manish June 8, 2010, 1:05 pm

    Nice story

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

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

  • Sid Jk February 7, 2010, 7:00 am

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

  • Nishkarsh December 18, 2009, 2:46 am

    this story has helped me keeping my dream…

  • ARCHANA December 13, 2009, 6:30 pm

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

  • Carlos D. October 19, 2009, 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’.

  • Patricia October 19, 2009, 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.

  • SUDHIR NAG April 18, 2009, 7:38 am


  • Ndoumah Victor April 2, 2009, 2:28 pm

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

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