Impossible Opportunities

What happens in your mind when you are told that something is not possible?  Some simply look down and walk away, maybe even seeming relieved.  I seldom respond that way.  Being told that I can’t do something frequently triggers an inspiration to discover a way to get it done anyway.

There is a very old and simple story on what might be accomplished with a clear and determined focus on solving the “impossible.”

Two shoe salesmen were sent to Africa in the early 1900’s to assess opportunities.  They wired back two separate telegrams:

  • “Situation hopeless.  They don’t wear shoes.”
  • Glorious opportunity! They don’t have any shoes yet.”

When you are told by others that it can’t be done, do you look for ways to turn the impossible into possible?  Turn failures into opportunities?  It’s what you create within the challenges and the adversity that really determine your fate.  If it were easy, anyone could do it.


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