“Impossible” Is Just An Opinion December 6, 2012Posted by David Dirks in business strategy, Solving Business Problems.
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Impossible. The word that has closed more minds, doors and opportunities than any other I can think of. “Impossible” is often a frame of mind and an easy, convenient door stop for shutting just about any challenge, idea, project or thought down. Cold.
Of course, it was impossible for us to think of anything replacing the horse and buggy. It was impossible that candles or whale oil could be replaced. Impossible it was to think that man or woman could fly from one point to another. Impossible that much medicine could actually fix a bad heart. Impossible that a man could compete in the Olympics with mechanical legs. Just lot’s of impossibilities out there.
Did you know that Margaret Mitchell was turned down 38 times before a publisher said yes to her manuscript for Gone with the Wind? Or the more recent Chicken Soup for the Soul was rejected 140 times before getting a publisher? Steven King was turned down 30 times when he was trying to publish a manuscript titled as Carrie? The great artist, Monet, had his artwork ridiculed in his day.
At what point do you think that any of these people thought it was going to be “impossible” to get that book published? The first rejection or the 140th? The answer is clear. They didn’t see impossible at the first or last point of rejection. What they saw in their minds was this:
What the mind can conceive, man can achieve.
We can be thankful that there a few people in every organization that see beyond what many of us see as great, impenetrable walls of impossibility. Next time you hear someone use the word “impossible”, just remember that what they really told you was that it is possible.