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I want the world chico and everything in it

A long time ago- January 14 1984 to be exact- Dick Clark asked Madonna on American Bandstand “What do you hope will happen, not only in 1984 but for the rest of your professional life? What are your dreams? What’s left?” Madonna’s response was succint and to the point. She answered “To rule the world.” Her response was quite telling and life affirming. She knew what she wanted. She went after it. She made it. For a while, one could argue that indeed she ruled the world.

I often think of that iconic moment. I did not catch that moment in real-time but have caught it quite often in many retrospectives and documentaries. I’ve always been impressed by how simply and confidently she put it. I too have thought of ruling the world. Many of us had.

A few weeks ago, I was in Little Italy in Boston and went to a restaurant that had a wall of multiple tv screens showing various mafia movies. Then I heard softly in the background:

Tony Montana: Me, I want what’s coming to me.

Manny Ray: Oh, well what’s coming to you?

Tony Montana: The world chico, and everything in it.

That’s right. I want the world and everything in it. What a statement to utter and try to live out. Of course, we can’t all rule the world. However, we can certainly go for it. One has to work for it. Work hard and press forward no matter what. Get in that car and push it forward.

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  1. I have the same aim: to rule the world, but my version just includes everyone reading my mainstream legacy trilogy which says so many things about the world, and the world I want.
    I’ve been at it twenty years (I’m slow), and the first volume is published, and the second one half finished!
    If you want to rule the world, you have to put in the work. Madonna did – she is a perfectionist.

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  2. “To Rule the World And
    Everything in It” Such A Small Aim When Beyond
    Measure Yes iNFiNiTY Breathes Within Beyond
    Distance, Space, And
    Time, And Even Matter
    As Quantum Physics
    Speaks As Well
    Nothing To Rule
    When You ‘See’
    As All in All
    Master
    Of Me
    Ruler of
    None But
    Heaven WiTHiN
    ETeRNaLLY NoW
    Hehe ObViouSLY
    As Easy Singing Dancing
    Thanks For Helping to
    Prepare
    A Way
    All All
    In All We Do
    Thanks Giving
    For Giving NoW..🌈🌟

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