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How Far Can Your Mind Dream?

When in the throes of adversity, it can be difficult to muster up a fighting spirit or positive mood. Yet one needs that to carry on and conquer.

In home fashions, we’re hardly experiencing a Golden Age. China tariffs are affecting suppliers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers, and may prompt consumers to purchase less. Design trends are less clear cut than in the past—trying to please multiple generations with very different mindsets and a prevailing attitude that embraces individualization.

With the sale of the 295 Fifth Avenue Textile Building expected to be final in the next month, plans the new owner has for it may not include dedication to home fashions showrooms. What will this do to future N.Y. Markets?

In spite of deflating developments like these, suddenly in July media offered looks back at one of the most ambitious accomplishments of humankind in celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing’s 50th anniversary.

A July 19, 2019 article on cnn.com by Ashley Strickland titled, “‘We did the impossible’: What it was like inside Apollo 11’s Mission Control,” shares interviews with some of the personnel on the ground who worked to achieve the first moon landing. There are lessons to be learned from the experience.

The first is, sometimes success takes a village. The most famous faces of Apollo 11 are the astronauts—mission commander Neil Armstrong, lunar module pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and command module pilot Michael Collins. However, Strickland writes, “Two men landed on the moon for the first time and one man orbited it on July 20,1969, but the full triumph of Apollo 11 also includes the 400,000 people that supported the mission across the country.” (Images courtesy of NASA.)

A second lesson reaches us through the words of Jerry Bostick, leader of the flight dynamics team at Mission Control. Behind many human accomplishments, small or large, is the philosophy captured in Bostick’s statement, “I think that our vision should not be limited to how far our eyes can see but only to how far that our minds can dream.” Many at Mission Control were so focused on getting the incredible feat done that it wasn’t until hours or even days later that they realized what a profound achievement they’d made.

These may be tough times in home fashions for many, but cast doubt aside and focus on overcoming the challenges at hand—not alone, but with the help of staff and strategic partner relationships, and by looking past what you see to what you imagine can be achieved.

After all, we made it to the moon and back, so anything is possible.