“There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.” ~ Orison Swett Marden
Theodore Dehone Judah grew up with the railroad. At the time of his birth in 1826 there were some 23 miles of track, but by by the 1840’s railroad engineers were in high demand as the rails spread out in all directions. With today’s ease of transportation it is difficult to think of a railroad as a technological revolution, but each section of rail turned days of travel into mere hours, which fostered trade and improved quality of life.
After working on a number of railroads in the Northeast, Judah headed to California to build the first railroad west of the Mississippi. But, Judah was preoccupied with an even greater vision; a transcontinental railway that would connect the east coast to the west coast. His passion on the subject earned him the affectionate nickname “Crazy Judah” because at the time many considered this an impossible feat. Judah, on the other hand believed that not only COULD it be done, but that IT MUST be done. So, he set out on his mission to make it so.
Little by little through scouting, surveying, lobbying, and tireless fundraising Judah painted a vision of a nation united by a ribbon of iron rails. He did not live to see it built, but his effort laid the tracks for a cause that would unite a nation… literally; proving that with perseverance and tenacity, the impossible… is sometimes possible.
“Never give up trying to build the world you can see, even if others can’t see it.” ~ Simon Sinek