Great opportunities come from 'impossible' ideas

Great opportunities come from 'impossible' ideas

Opinion
When you have a light bulb moment, don't be put off by others who might say your idea is impossible.

When you have a light bulb moment, don't be put off by others who might say your idea is impossible.

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History is littered with stories of people who have achieved great things after being told the idea they proposed was impossible.

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History is littered with stories of people who have achieved great things after being told the idea they proposed was impossible.

It may have been impossible to the person who uttered the phrase, but not to the person that ultimately followed through.

I suspect we have all been told from time to time that something cannot be done. I know I have.

For me, I tend to tuck that information away and continue to work on the task quietly and see what happens.

Sometimes it does not come to fruition, while on other occasions it does. In those instances, you can look back with satisfaction.

I have seen single mindedness pay big dividends for some people.

In essence, when someone says something cannot be done, that is true for 'them'.

That does not mean however, it is true for 'you'. As an individual, you can choose to believe what you want.

There are lots of examples of people in history who have succeeded against all odds.

Helen Keller and Thomas Edison are two examples.

It does not mean it will be easy. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.

A burning passion for the idea is a prerequisite. As is persistence, and the ability to remain focused and on-track. These traits will get anyone a long way in life, regardless of how insurmountable a task may seem.

I have seen single mindedness pay big dividends for some people. Normally it is a slow burn, and the ultimate goal takes some time to materialise. A case of a 20-year overnight success.

On some occasions, the payoff can be very quick. These are generally the people that see an opportunity no one else does.

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Once they have achieved success, it seems patently obvious, but not at the time. These people tend to be the creative ones.

Conversely, sometimes it can be hard to see when you are pushing the proverbial uphill, and whatever you are trying to achieve just is not going to work.

Maybe a solution is just around the corner, or maybe it's not. This can be a real conundrum.

Proving someone wrong can be quite satisfying, particularly if it is done without fanfare or comment. Just getting on with the job, and finding solutions to the inevitable issues that will arise, can give you a tremendous feeling of achievement and contentment.

After saying that, proving someone wrong should never be the motivator to achieve a certain goal. It may well be the catalyst for you to take action, and that is fine.

You have to know the real reasons you are doing something. If the reasons are right and you have an altruistic motive, you are on the right track for a good outcome.

Not getting distracted from the task at hand is also a prerequisite for success.

Sometimes the shiny objects can get in the way.

If your goal is important enough to you, and it's a passion that is burning inside of you, it is highly likely you will achieve what you want. The sense of satisfaction will no doubt be immense. As with most things in life, the best time to start is right now.

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