To dream the impossible dream

by | February 9, 2015

No joke, no exaggeration, it happened just like this. You can’t make this up.

I’m standing in the hallway at church having a conversation with my good friend and neighbor Lee.

Lee has no degree or credentials. He’s a regular guy who lives on a regular hometown American cul-de-sac in a modest home. He also happens to be one of the smartest and finest people I know.

Lee is the inventor of Elastocrete, the most innovative concrete product the world has ever seen, which will completely revolutionize the industry.

Over the past ten years Lee has developed a proprietary chemical formulation to make concrete do things you can’t even image. Ever seen a 3/8 thick concrete floor flex and bend at a more than 90 degree angle? Ever seen a concrete foundation with zero cracks whatsoever? The stuff is mind-blowing.

Lee has just come back from the World of Concrete, the industry’s only trade show, where his company operated two booths.

“What’s funny to me,” Lee tells me, “is the guys who come see it with their own eyes and say, ‘I don’t believe it. That’s impossible. I’ve been doing this for thirty years and I’ve never seen concrete do that. There must be some kind of trick.’”

And I kid you not, right then another friend of mine, who owns a large construction company that pours hundreds of concrete foundations every year, walks by.

“Hey, Joe,” I say, “Do you know Lee?”

He doesn’t. I introduce them to each other.

“Lee has developed a new concrete product that is going to blow your mind. Imagine pouring the entire foundation of this 10,000 square foot church and it ending up completely level and with zero cracks in it — not even micro-cracks.”

Joe pauses for a moment, and I can tell he’s trying to find a way to say it nicely. When that escapes him, he says it, as if on cue:

“I don’t believe it. It’s impossible. I’ve never seen it.”

Lee and I exchange knowing looks as I think, The history of the world is encapsulated in that comment.

Joe is a good man. Yet in this case he has fallen prey to the classic human fallacy.

“I don’t believe it. It’s impossible. I’ve never seen it.”

Ever heard of Roger Bannister?

“I don’t believe it. It’s impossible. I’ve never seen it.”

Ever heard the famous statement, “One small step for man, one giant step for mankind”?

“I don’t believe it. It’s impossible. I’ve never seen it.”

Orville and Wilbur Wright believed it before they saw it.

“I don’t believe it. It’s impossible. I’ve never seen it.”

I wonder how many horse-drawn carriage companies went out of business because automobiles were impossible.

You realize, don’t you, that this isn’t about concrete, it’s not about Joe, and it’s not an abstract commentary on human nature?

This is about you.

This is about you stretching your vision of what’s possible. This is about you thinking and dreaming bigger than you’ve ever thought in your life. This is about you rocketing through your ceiling of limitations.

Just because you’ve never seen something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist or it’s not true.

And I’m not talking about you believing in things out there — I’m talking about you believing things inside and about yourself.

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I don’t care what you think about inventions and innovations — I care about what you think about yourself and your abilities.

Just because you’ve never accomplished something doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

“Impossible,” declared Muhammad Ali, “is just a small word that is thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in a world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It is an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It is a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing!”

“Imagination,” insisted Einstein, “is more important than knowledge.”

What you’ve done is what you know you can do, and that is in the past.

The future is in your imagination. The future is limitless possibility.

The future is what you thought you never could do, if only you can imagine it true.

Today, before your head hits your pillow, I want you to take time to write down your Bucket List, the top twenty five most inspiring, challenging, or just plain fun things you want to accomplish before you die. (See mine as an example.)

I want you to dream again. I want you to lift your eyes, your mind, and your heart from the ground of your everyday concerns and into the heavens of possibility and imagination.

I want you to “find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible,” as Deepak Chopra says.

I want you to remember what it’s like to be a child. I want you to tune out the voices that say it’s impossible and instead listen to Shel Silverstein:

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me…Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”

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