Visionaries, Scientists and our Dreams

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Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone never did well at science, but that hasn’t stopped her from appreciating it. Here at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) she is able to witness first-hand, the innovative breakthroughs changing the face of medicine, on a daily basis. Living in Israel, Molly has the opportunity of visiting the IMRIC labs, talking with the students and faculty about their latest research, and getting to know the people behind these great minds.

Steve Jobs, TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

We all have dreams. First we are children that dream as big as possible. “I want to be a fighter pilot.” Later on in life, after college, a dose of reality, and bills that have to get paid, our dreams change into sensible goals. “I want to be a pilot, even if that means it’s just a hobby on the weekends.”

What’s important to us, as adults, is to hold on to those dreams. Now, that said, some of us do get to live out this childhood dreams. We refuse to accept that dose of reality. And these people, the ones that live out the dream and make it big, often become our role models and legends in their own right. They become visionaries and forever leave their mark on this world.

Of course if you have been reading the news this past week, then you will understand that I am referring to Steve Jobs, a visionary of the 21st century who passed away on October 5, 2011.

Steve Jobs is the man behind Apple. Appropriately, soon after his death, several artists tweaked the famous Apple logo to have Steve Jobs’ profile as the bite in the apple. In fact his company wrote that “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius…Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

Jobs’ passing made headlines across the world and was heavily discussed through the social media steams. On Twitter Jobs became a trending topic with many fans of his work sharing their blessing. “You left your mark on our desks, on our ears and in our hands.” Many of us stopped our daily routines to take in the news, sharing our thoughts with friends and family. And some even went to the streets with the news—literally—paying tribute to the technology leader with chalk murals. 

Jobs left his mark on technology with the revolutionary home computer of the 20th Century to the revolutionary iPad of the 21st Century. Even though the world was aware of his battle with cancer and his recent departure as the company’s CEO this past August, Jobs seemed invincible.

People with big dreams often do seem invincible. After all they are fighting for something bigger than themselves. They are going after what seems like the unattainable for most of us. This is why people like Jobs become our inspirational mentors. For myself, Jobs gives me hope in going after my own dreams.

Jobs once said, “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful, that's what matters to me.” At the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC), I can honestly say I have met researchers with the same integrity as Jobs. These researchers could say the same thing. These researchers are doing something wonderful and trying to, as Jobs put it, “put a ding in the world.”

IMRIC is working on many different facets of cancer research. Perhaps one day their innovative science will be the cure for the very cancer that Jobs died of. This is the goal at IMRIC, innovations that are touching lives. It even sounds like an advertisement for an iPad, but for IMRIC it is a motto for the outstanding research that takes place in each lab every day.

I believe that IMRIC researchers are visionaries in their own fields. They are holding on to their dreams to make the dose…reality.