I laughed when I saw this one. Sure. It’s kind of creepy, but it makes the point. Some things just aren’t possible.
Yeah, it is an unfortunate truth that hard work, or diligently trying to look like you are working hard, sometimes just isn’t enough.
Yeah, honestly, you can work your ass off towards something and it still isn’t possible.
The reality is that some things are truly impossible for some people (because if you don’t have the talent for something, you just don’t have the talent to even get close to the impossible).
Now. I am not opposed to hard work. And I do believe hard work:
(1) can improve upon existing abilities
(2) can overcome some deficiencies in actual talent.
Yeah, I guess it’s good to encourage kids to believe anything is possible if they work hard enough, but, well, I don’t know. I worry sometimes we establish some unrealistic expectations about what is possible.
Look. I do know Walt Disney said “It’s fun to do the impossible.” But he wasn’t talking about becoming an Olympic Greco roman wrestler. He was talking about something he was talented in doing and using that talent to show people new boundaries to what could be done.
Do I believe children should have a limitless imagination? Sure.
Do I believe they should think anything is possible? Sure.
Did I laugh at this illustration because it was so simple in pointing out the truth behind what is possible versus impossible? Sure.
I imagine my point is imagination is limitless but reality has some limits.
I imagine my point is that imagination is what pushes reality’s limits, but, at some point, your own reality will dictate some limits of what you can imagine.
Life is tricky. Shit. Business is tricky. Maybe what makes it all tricky is that its complex, not all correlation is causation, not everything imagined can become reality and not all of reality cannot be changed with some imagination and, well, almost nothing is simplistic binary “if this, then that.”
Look. Imagination is a good thing. Working hard is a good thing. And both good lessons.
I just hope we remember all those lessons before jumping out a window to remind us that hard work won’t teach us to actually fly (or defy gravity without a parachute).