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Monday, May 18, 2009

How to Think Like a Fool #16: Imagine the Impossibilities

IMAGINE: Imagine the Impossibilities

"To open the show, I always like to do one thing that is impossible. So right now I'm going to suck this piano into my lungs."
—Steve Martin

“Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.”
—Napoleon Bonaparte

There's a dictionary of fools? That would make writing this so much easier.

Fools solve problems by enlisting their imaginations (I initially wrote "unlisting", which would also work), and because they risk, they imagine the impossible.

You will either find that the impossible is really possible, or else you will find a workable idea inspired by the impossible.

Seriously and foolishly consider the impossible, because you open yourself up to potential solutions you once dismissed. There is a freedom to considering the impossible, like discovering you can breathe underwater.

Think: What are the impossibilities here? How can I make them possible?

Tomorrow: How to Think Like a Fool #17: Connect the Unrelated

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