The word impossible

The word impossible

One of my least favorite words is “impossible”: it simply has no real value and just goes against everything I believe in, those same things that keep me alive and push me out of bed in the morning: discovery of extra-terrestrial life, vacations in space, and the like. Yes, I know I’m kind of a space geek. I have Doctor Who to thank for that, along with the people behind SpaceX, NASA, Virgin Galactic, and all the similar programs/projects!

Now, notice how I don’t say that I hate the word. Why not? Simply because it is an awesome motivator! Think back to all those articles you’ve read about founders, or scientists, that were told that what they were doing was impossible: the guy who split the atoms for example! He was told it was an impossible feat, and yet nowadays it is a pretty common procedure done in nuclear power stations.

What should you do when someone tells you something’s impossible? I say “keep calm and carry on” (big wink at @biosshadow on this one), because at the end of the day it will be just you and your realizations. People go away, memories fade, but your achievements will always be there and so will your failures.

Do you really want to be that one guy moaning about how he had “that idea”, he could have been “that guy”, the one everybody talks about? I didn’t think so, now it’s time to get up, roll your sleeves and get to doing!

Oh, and I would like to sign off with a great quote:

“Don’t ever let somebody tell you…you can’t do something. You got a gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves..they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something go get it“. — Christopher Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness
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