Visionary

Visionary

From Latin visio, vidère “to see”.

The term ‘visionary’, until recently, had a markedly negative meaning.
Having a vision literally means being able to “see”.
A visionary was therefore someone who saw what others did not see, those who had visual hallucinations often understood as religious or supernatural apparitions. A visionary was someone who considered the fabrications of their own imagination as real and constructions that were not real or impossible to achieve. Having your head in the clouds was an expression that indicated this inability to stay with your feet on the ground and to process meaningful thoughts anchored in reality.
In this type of ‘visionary’ there is a crazy dream, a streak of madness.

Today the term has lost these negative connotations. And the same expression that recalled incomprehension has instead become a way of thinking to be supported because it broadens our views and makes people introspective and creative, open to novelty and attentive to emotional and cognitive aspects.
A vision is therefore not something that obscures a view, but it is a different way of seeing and generating ideas. It is perhaps no coincidence that vision and seeing have the same conceptual root in Greek. The notion therefore arises from a sensorial perception – I have an idea, so I know why I saw it – and from a creative act typical of the daydreamer.

Great innovators and great politicians, entrepreneurs and managers are visionaries, as are the most imaginative and inventive artists.
Being “visionary” is, in many professional contexts, a necessity, because it is the visionary who has an almost prophetic vision of the future, who knows how to welcome and guide it; who shows extraordinary imagination, a powerful creative vein with an anticipatory character of tomorrow; those who pursue a revolutionary idea that changes the market and reinvents the playbook.

Imagining things that do not exist is no longer a useless and crazy digression, but the necessary foundation for those who intend to innovate and evolve by anticipating the future.