If you are facing an impossible task?
If so, your initial reaction might be telling.
Is your first response doubt?
Or do you shrug and give up?
I love the story of Bob Goff’s persistence after being told he was denied admission to law school.
Did he quietly move on and apply for business school?
He sat outside the dean’s office for a week until he got the answer he wanted.
I mean, who gets to decide what’s impossible and what’s achievable anyway?
I don’t know about you, but I want people to think twice before they tell me something is impossible.
How do you respond when told something is impossible? Is that the end of the conversation or the start of one? What’s the reaction to being told you can’t—that no one can? One type accepts it, wallows in it even. The other questions it, fights it, rejects it. This choice defines us. Puts us at a crossroads with ourselves and what we think about the kind of person we are. “Anyone who is threatened and is forced by necessity either to act or to suffer,” writes Machiavelli, “becomes a very dangerous man to the prince.”
-Ryan Holiday, Conspiracy