Original photo: Castello di Amorosa Winery

A few weeks ago, my husband and I were fortunate enough to visit the Castello di Amorosa, an authentic Tuscan medieval-style castle built in Calistoga, California and opened in 2007. 

The castle was created out of the vision (and obsession, some might say) of Dario Sattui, owner of V. Sattui winery.  Apparently, he was enamored with medieval architecture and spent much of his adulthood studying examples of it in the Italian countryside.

A small sign outside the Calistoga castle welcomes tourists to the site and explains that it was always Mr. Sattui’s dream to own a Tuscan castle.  After 15 years of research and 14 years of construction, he saw his dream realized.  The completed structure is 121,000 square feet and consists of 107 rooms, including a church, a drawbridge, an outdoor brick oven, courtyards, towers, horse stables, and secret passageways.

Mr. Sattui may not be the best financial role model, as he supposedly spent all of his resources and almost went bankrupt during the construction project.

Perhaps a lesson we could take from him, though, is to dream big.  What have you always wanted to do?  What is the contribution you can make that is uniquely yours and that will make the world a better place?  How can you exhaust your resources (not your money, but your energy and determination!) to accomplish something on a grand scale?

Creating a rich image of a dream project will generate the emotions (e.g., hope, anticipation, excitement) that help you move forward in the direction of your financial goals.  And it will protect you from the emotions that hold you back (e.g., frustration, discouragement, shame, and regret).

What is your dream project?