Explore. Dream. Discover.
20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds into your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover (Mark Twain).
Whatever we study, whenever we conduct research, however hard our work may be, let’s remember to explore, dream, and discover. The quote above by the American writer Mark Twain is just about this: explore, dream, and discover. Most of us have been told so many times that we are wrong, that sometimes we are too scared to make a mistake. In fact, a lot of those statements were inappropriate. Others were made by the people who may be wrong much oftener than we are. Yet others may have been made by those people who are scared themselves to boldly explore good things. Therefore, let somebody’s words in the past not prevent us from exploring, dreaming, and discovering. Even if we make a mistake, it is a result albeit negative, it is something that helps us to improve our approach, to make our research tools more sophisticated, to discover new good things. If you are studying ESL, if you are taking any other course or if you are teaching a course, please remember to explore, dream, and discover!