In February, I wrote a piece titled, “Why Playing It Safe Is Riskier Than You Think,” which argued that nothing great can be achieved without risks. The post also discussed that risk-taking can expose one to unexpected rewards and opportunities. And a person will never reach his/her true potential if s/he does not develop an appetite for intelligent risks.
In this post, I want to piggyback on those ideas and speak to the importance and value of doing what you “CAN’T.”
So, what does this idea mean? It is simple. Doing what you CAN’T means to do the impossible—yes, the IMPOSSIBLE! Each of us has dreamed dreams that were so farfetched that it left us questioning whether we were capable of achieving such dreams. Sadly, it is at this point that so many people give up on their dreams. The mere thought of doing the impossible robs them of their desire and cripples their ambitions.
But how do you know whether you’re capable of achieving your goal(s) if you do not give it a try? What is the worse that could happen if you try to accomplish the impossible? There are only two possibilities. The first is success. The second outcome is nonfulfillment. That’s really it. There isn’t any other outcome or result.
But you will never know the outcome if you do not begin the process. I have shared with you in previous posts that I am working toward becoming a millionaire. While it is easier than ever before to become a millionaire, the process is still challenging. Millionaires (those with cash assets) make up less than 5% of the US population. To be honest, that statistic means absolutely nothing to me. In my mind, doing what I CAN’T means becoming a billionaire.
It does not matter how many times you fail; you only have to be right once to be successful.
I first thought of becoming a billionaire at age 19 when I was in college. I understand the odds are stacked incredibly high against me. Still, my focus and energy are concentrated on doing what I must do to achieve the impossible. And I believe I will. I live by the motto: Do what you CAN’T!
Here is what I am offering you. Do what you CAN’T! If you only concentrate on the goals within your present skill-set and ability, then your life will turn out to be just that—average. Anybody can live an average existence. It really does not take much effort to do so. Do you really think a forty-year-old dishwasher at the Olive Garden restaurant got up one day and planned his entire life around being a dishwasher? I don’t think so.
That individual probably had a dream of owning a restaurant, but somewhere along the way, someone told him that he was crazy to think such a thought. Something happened that convinced him that he could not achieve the impossible. He eventually bought into that thought, which became his reality.
As a human being, you have a sacred responsibility to be the best version of yourself. So, do not play it safe. Keep experimenting. Keep taking risks. Keep doing the work. Remember, it does not matter how many times you fail; you only have to be right once to accomplish the impossible.
So do what you CAN’T!