Doing what Cannot be Done

May 27, 2020 pwm1

It is amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.

— Charles Kettering (American inventor and engineer; Image Licensed)

Although it may seem counterintuitive, the most successful people in life—by and large—avoid the daily news, and they disdain the conventional wisdom of the day. Crazy, right? That doesn’t seem logical. After all, how can you get ahead without an understanding of what’s going on around you? That’s my point. 

So much of what we read in the news is tainted, negative, doom and gloom, or just downright petulant and sophomoric. I’m not sure that I ever asked for the daily “must see” headlines to pop up on my browsers or on the screen when I swipe right on my iPhone, but I can feel the deep undercurrent of negativity in nearly all of them. It’s as if they are designed to suck the creative energy from our bodies before we can get our day started!

Working in finance, I tend to stick to the business news each day, so one might think the stories would revolve more around numbers than people, but that is not the case. Let someone come along with a creative new product or service that dares to challenge old paradigms and then watch the “expert analysts” march in lockstep to explain why that new product or service is doomed to fail. Elon Musk is certainly one of the pioneers who has been impugned by the old guard from day one. Steve Jobs was another. But there are literally millions of people in America with the same mindset; you might even know one…intimately.  

Creative genius is not reserved for the elite. In fact, the elitists are generally the ones making fun of those who dare to think differently. These creative individuals come from all walks of life and all backgrounds, but they share one thing in common: they refuse to allow their imaginations to be reined in by the preconceived notions of the arrogant and the simpleminded. So, while the anointed ones tell us what cannot be done, this dynamic group of individuals forges ahead, doing what cannot be done. 

—Mike Hazell

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