Life Choices

Do What You CAN’T!

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!

58 thoughts on “Do What You CAN’T!

  1. You are so right! Intelligent risk-taking is not for the faint of heart. Idling at the crossroads of fear and doubt is a gear we engage too often. Sometimes we just have to put the pedal-to-the-medal and race with destiny to claim our prize.

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  2. That was totally awesome..Worth a read , worth the time spent on this article. It has once again reminded me that “be the best version of you”.
    Taking risk is fine but taking uncalculated risk reflects the fool in self..The Best word according to me here is taking intelligent risk

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    1. Catrina, I appreciate your perspective. Growing a little during the process – well, I see that simply as growth. Conversely, I view the outcome – the culmination of an event as being “successful.”

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  3. I have been on my own journey since I was very young, and now touching 38 my dream is starting to pick up some speed.

    Most people lack persistence, when they don’t get what they want in 5-10 years they think it’s over, and throw in the towel.

    A big dream takes time, there are many levels you must pass, life tests you over and over to see are you worthy of the top prize.

    I remember playing street fighter as a kid, it took me all weekend to pass a certain level, food, sleep, I didn’t even think about them, that’s the level of persistence that you need.

    Plus, it can’t be about money, it’s got to be about service, money comes effortlessly when you provide a service that people can find on where else.

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    1. Powerfully captured! I especially love… “Life tests you over and over to see are you worthy of the top prize.” It is great that you are moving in the right direction. Continued success on your journey. I’m rooting for you!

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  4. The 5% statistic is not an indication for how difficult it is to become a millionaire; it’s an indication of how difficult it is for people to BELIEVE they can become a millionaire. You only need believe it’s possible, create your goal, chop it up into smaller goals, then begin moving towards it, not with doubt, but with a state of knowing that you already are what you’re setting out to be. Walk into any room and take an inventory of people who have that mindset AND understand that they can apply it to ANY goal. Now look at that 5% statistic again and try to tell me it’s a small number. As far as I’m concerned, they’re being awfully generous. I’ll take those odds over the general population any day.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here. I’m an eternal optimist, but I’m also practical. A person can “believe” til the cows come home, but that belief will not add any value to his or her life unless there is execution of an idea. In addition to executing, there has to be the requisite talent and skill. There’s also a bit of serendipity involved and being aware that one is in the right place at the right time. In essence, there is a high level of difficulty when pursuing “high level” goals such as becoming a millionaire. If it were as simple as believing, then everybody would be millionaires.


    1. Cherilyn, thank you for sharing the video. I found the message to be incredibly rich and heart stirring. I ended up watching a few of Casey’s videos and was impressed by how he created his own reality based on doing the opposite of what other people deemed to be practical advice. His message speaks to the importance of tuning out the noise and following one’s heart. Please know that I appreciate you!

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      1. I am glad that you watched the video, as well as a few others. I love that Casey appeals to youth and adults. He really makes you feel like there aren’t any limits to what one can do. Thank you for your kind words, Josiah. I appreciate YOU!

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  5. Love this post!! It puts in to words perfectly how our belief systems about our own abilities and potential fuel our behavior. As a self proclaimed Pollyanna, I’m as much of a believer in working toward realizing our dreams as I am about the genuine self reflection and personal growth it takes to get there.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  6. I love this post! I think it speaks to how we need to keep learning and doing new things. You don’t stop trying new adventures just because you get another year older. Thanks for sharing! I’m glad I found your blog. 🙂 –Whitney, one of the gals at FromNothingToNovel

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  7. I love this post. I have always wanted to be a doctor so after my first degree back home in Nigeria, I left for Ukraine to study medicine.. it was quite a tough move for me. There have been a lot of setbacks( financial and otherwise) but I will be graduating next year.. I am happy because I pursued my dream and I am achieving my goal..

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  8. I think I’ll put that phrase “Do what you can’t” into my positive self-talk bank. In this, and your post “Why Not Taking Risks is Riskier Than You Think”, you point out very well how important it is to have dreams and goals. Even though there are numerous times I have chosen “The Road Not Taken”, more often I choose the safer path. It’s self-doubt, caution, and fear. At 69, I actually fear risks less — unless they’re physically too challenging and foolhardy– partly because my clock is running out and there are too many things yet I want to try, even if they’re hard. I also no longer care what others think of my decisions. I do have more self-confidence that I used to have; i have long experience to show me that the happiest I’ve been is when I’ve achieved something I didn’t think was possible.

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  9. Thanks for following my blog. Some good thoughts here and I totally agree – my impossible thing that I’m working towards is doing poetry at the Albert Hall. Nothing drives me insane quicker than people who say ‘that’ll never work’ or ‘you’ll never do that.’ What do they know? The words ‘you can’t’ are like a red rag to a bull for me – they just make me even more determined

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  10. Love it! You’ve reminded me of a favorite great kids story in our house: A Frog Thing by Eric Drachman. “Can’t” isn’t allowed in our vocab here… I wonder if you are writing childrens’ stories? I’ll keep reading here to find out! You’ve inspired me to write my own “Can’t” story! Namaste

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