An ancient Chinese proverb says, “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.” Time after time, things that were long thought to be impossible have been done by someone brave enough to go out on a limb and do it.
For decades, Track and Field athletes thought the mile could never be run faster than four minutes. Then in 1954, Sir Roger Bannister became the first person in recorded history to break the four-minute mile barrier. The amazing thing is that Bannister was attending medical school at the time and was only able to train during lunch breaks and early in the morning. About 300 men have literally followed in his footsteps since his historic run.
For years, people thought the sound barrier couldn’t be broken because so many pilots had tried to do it and lost their lives in the process. But in 1947, Chuck Yeager successfully flew the Bell-X-1 aircraft past Mach 1 and changed the world of aviation.
And now it looks like even the speed of light, the foundation of modern Physics, isn’t safe. Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) were shocked to find in a recent experiment that a neutrino traveled 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light (186,282 miles per second). They did this by using high-tech equipment that could measure subatomic particles traveling at speeds no human eye or mind could ever register. Whether this winds up being proven correct or incorrect, it shows that people are always trying to expand their horizons.
Broken records are starting to sound like a broken record. Few things are actually impossible when people make up their minds to accomplish them.
The Right Tools
None of the above records could have been broken or challenged if people didn’t have the right tools. Bannister needed the help of a coach and two supporting runners to pace himself. Yeager needed the most advanced jet to handle the stress of such an incredible speed. And the European scientists needed advanced computers and a 454-mile neutrino beam to measure the speed of a neutrino in motion.
The point is that if you want to overcome impossible challenges, you need to prepare well and have the right resources at your disposal.
What is a seemingly impossible task you want to accomplish? Is it having a successful business in a struggling economy? If you use the right tools, such as an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, you can control your inventory costs, save time and thrive in just about any circumstances. One little thing can make all the difference between success and failure. As the Chinese proverb says, don’t let naysayers distract you from going out and making dreams a reality.