There is probably an unwritten rule in which, if someone describes themselves as a ‘visionary’, they aren’t (and you don’t need to look far to find many such visionaries extolling their own virtues…)
Just cos you say it, doesn’t make it true, afterall.
It is a matter of reputation…
And you don’t make a reputation with your words. You make it with your deeds. This takes time.
So a person can say about themselves whatever they want. They can believe themselves to be a great person. Perhaps the greatest of all people…
Completely convinced, they can tell others about this, over and over again. And it doesn’t matter how strongly their belief is held, it’s not going to change the outside world to any degree. OK, so maybe it’ll change ever so slightly, perhaps if our ‘visionary’ makes enough of an effort to come across in the right way.
But, as they say, “…you can’t fool all the people all the time”.
Scream your praises at the face of the world. The world doesn’t give a fuck what you say…
It gives a fuck about what you do.
Many attributes have no worth until others buy into them.
And so in some ways being ascribed as a ‘visionary’ is a matter of consensus.
You need a critical mass of people to believe it. You start with the mighty idea *in your head* that your vision is remarkable and then you sell the world on believing this with your deeds. Not your words.
(…unless, perhaps you are a writer?)
And until then you are just one voice crying in the wilderness.
Not a visionary.