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Dreamright

November 1998: Ms Donaldson, 5th grade teacher at Kendal Primary, asks her students to indicate whether they had done their homework. Surprised that Ghunta raised his hand, she instructs the class to applaud him. Ms Donaldson checks Ghunta’s workbook. The pages are ‘blank’. She commands the students to retract their applause. The class erupts in laughter.

That was the moment Ghunta first thought of dreamright—the idea that not only sustained him through years of poverty and hopelessness but also transformed him into notable speaker and advocate.

On that morning in ’98, Ghunta thought about the challenges his mother faced to send him to school. Some days he couldn’t afford lunch. He used second–hand textbooks or went without. He thought of a life free of want and shame. By the time his classmates’ laughter faded, Ghunta was filled with fervour for success. For the first time, he felt certain his struggles would not determine the outcome of his life. Ghunta was the only student from his batch who was forced to repeat the 6th grade. The following year, he passed his external exams for the most prominent high school in Hanover. Ghunta won more awards at graduation than any other student in Kendal Primary’s history.

A decade later, while living in the Eastern Caribbean, Ghunta created the D.R.E.A.M.R.I.G.H.T acrostic. Now, as an internationally recognised poet, speaker and advocate, Ghunta has shared the principles of dreamright with thousands of people and is determined to share it with millions more.

D
Dream
R
Right to dream
E
Exercise self–control
A
Act | Audit your circle
M
Master your craft
R
Read
I
Imagination
G
Goodwill
H
Humility
T
Tenacity

In broad terms, dreamright means that our right–to–dream is equivalent to our right to life. That no–one is innately more deserving of realising his/her dream than another. That life is hollow when it’s devoid of purpose. That ‘ambition beyond existence is the essential purpose of our being’ (K. G).

COLLECTIVE ACTION

Dreamright is not only about individual action but also collective will. Dreamrighters do not exercise their right–to–dream at the expense of others. In fact, they fight for those who are constrained by biases or limitations and help them fulfil their potential too.

PRESENTATIONS

In my dreamright presentations I share stories that illustrate how these principles that changed my life have also been utilised by history’s great influencers—from artists, to organisers, to entrepreneurs. Other presentations are based on in–depth explorations of a single principle, such as ‘mastering your craft’ or ‘auditing your circle’. I will show you how, having applied these principles, I was able to rise from poverty, hopelessness and ill–health to a life of purpose and growing influence.

KEY BELIEFS AND ACTIONS

Each letter in dreamright has a specific meaning and highlights the key beliefs and actions that one needs to employ in order to achieve success. Some of these ideas (e.g. right–to–dream) should remain ‘active’ in the dreamer’s consciousness, while others (e.g. master your craft) can be applied with varying degrees of vigour over time.
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