The pur­suit of dreams

Manawatu Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - By MERANIA KARAURIA

Dra­gos Bratasanu says we are liv­ing in the most peace­ful time and mil­len­ni­als value do­ing some­thing for oth­ers.

“They want to con­trib­ute to the lives of oth­ers,” he says, “more than grab­bing money.”

It is hard to rec­on­cile that this is a peace­ful time, but Dr Dra­gos says on the re­search timescale from the 1800s to to­day, vi­o­lence has dropped and peo­ple have more op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The big­gest hunger is poverty of the spirit,” says this award-win­ning sci­en­tist, au­thor, film­maker and speaker who is in Palmerston North where he spoke last night and again at a Ro­tary event on Mon­day 20.

Dr Dra­gos says men­tal health is a bur­geon­ing prob­lem in the world and the

World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion

(WHO) re­search has found that 300 mil­lion peo­ple suf­fer de­pres­sion in the US, Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

“Some­times you go through dark patches . . . ev­ery­one who has had to go through the “desert” will be tested.

“The mind and cre­ativ­ity are gifts, they are tools.”

Dr Dra­gos says his hum­ble be­gin­nings be­gan un­der a com­mu­nist regime in Eastern Europe and he now trav­els the world to em­power peo­ple to “heal their life and make their dreams a re­al­ity”.

His book, The Pur­suit of Dreams: claim your power, fol­low your heart and ful­fil your des­tiny, is avail­able in 20 lan­guages and was made into a do­cuseries. He shares his deeply per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences in his book of how he ac­com­plished his own dreams.

He trav­elled alone to the North and South Poles with­out con­nec­tions or money, and was an en­gi­neer and jour­nal­ist on the first Ro­ma­nian sim­u­la­tion mis­sion for planet Mars. He was also se­lected to be part of the Global So­lu­tions Pro­gramme — an en­tre­pre­neur­ial ven­ture in the Sil­i­con val­ley at NASA AMES that brought 80 fu­ture lead­ers and en­trepreneurs from around the world to cre­ate so­lu­tions for hu­man­ity’s grand chal­lenges.

Au­thor Dra­gos Bratasanu.

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