Thursday, August 14, 2008

Two Kinds of Impossible

If you're the kind of person who instinctively comes up with reasons why an idea cannot (or even should not) succeed, then you'd be a practitioner of Impossibility Thinking.

You're always seeing that things are impossible.

On the other hand, if you're always having ideas which stretch and challenge the imagination, pushing people and organisations to better the status quo via 'outrageous' plans and actions, why, you'd be in the realms of Impossible Thinking.

You're always seeing the things which are impossible (as per the remarkable individuals in Cook & Wind's best-seller).

But maybe you're neither. Still, keep a look out (or a hear out) about the way people in your community talk and what they say. My guess is there're plenty of Impossibility thinkers around and only a few Impossible thinkers - try to hang out more with the latter.

And the next time you're tempted to shout, "That idea is impossible! No way!" try to change it to, "That's an impossible idea! Let's go for it!"

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