“SEE The Invisible, BELIEVE The Incredible, ACHIEVE The Impossible.” – Joel Brown
In Lewis Carroll’s famous book Through the Looking Glass, he presents a conversation between Alice and the queen:
“I can’t believe that! said Alice.
“Can’t you?” the queen said in a pitying tone,” Try again, draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”
Alice laughed “There’s no use trying,” she said. “One can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the queen.” When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I ‘ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
One of the things we must recognize is that most of the inventions and major achievements of the past century have been rooted in what was once considered to be impossible.
Can a person fly? Can a machine process information faster than someone can write? Can a human walk on the moon? Can a person’s voice and picture be sent around the world without that person moving an inch? Can you become the person you truly would LIKE to be? It’s not impossible!
“If The People really Set Their Minds
It Is Impossible To Prevent Their getting
What They Want.”- Henry Ford
Henry Ford was once asked,” How can I become a successful person?”
Ford replied,” If you start something, finish it!”
Ford learned this lesson early in his career. When he began work on his first automobile, he worked many long but exciting hours in a little brick building behind his home. Such enthusiasm overtook him that he found it hard to take time out to eat or sleep. Before he had completed his first car, however, he became acutely aware that he could build an even better car.
He was so sure of the need for improvements that the thrill and enthusiasm for his car began to lessen. Why spend all that time finishing a car that he already knew was inferior? Still, something inside him forced him to continue – to focus his total energy on the first car and finish what he had started – before he allowed himself to fantasize about a second car.
As it turned out, Ford said he learned even more about to improve the second car by finishing every detail of his original car. If he had given in to the temptation to quit building the first car, he may never have made any car at all.
Many people strive to be perfectionists, but the completionists usually accomplished more in life.
Finished last’ will always be better than ‘Did not finish’, which always trumps ‘Did not start.’