For Michael Jamieson that dream became reality with the promise of more to come following his stunning silver medal-winning performance at the London Olympics.
A product of the Glasgow School of Sport at Bellahouston Academy, Michael is an inspiration to the current generation of pupils striving for elite status.
Rewards like Michael's don't come without hard work, sacrifices and investment and he is the ideal ambassador for the 2014 Commonwealth Games to our future sportsmen and women to emulate.
Since 1999, the school has been responsible for many for the country's top athletes across a number of sports and many more are sure to follow.
Making their mark at the Commonwealth Games has been a target of pupils in previous years and success in the city by Michael and the rest of the Scottish team can inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
Next year will be a great sporting occasion for Glasgow, but it can also be a springboard to more success, both in terms of elite medals and in getting more people active at any level.