Thursday, September 27, 2007

Positive Thinking

Here's a story about George Dantzig - the famed mathematician who's
Contributions to Operations Research and systems engineering have made
him immortal.

As a college student, George studied very hard and often late into the
night. So late, that he overslept one morning, arriving 20 minutes late
for Prof. Jerzy Neyman's class. He quickly copied the two maths problems on
the board, assuming they were the homework assignment. It took him
several days to work through the two problems, but finally he had a
breakthrough and dropped the homework on Neyman's desk the next day.

Six weeks later, on a Sunday morning, George was awakened at 6 a.m . by
his excited professor. Since George was late for class, he hadn't heard
the professor announce that the two unsolvable equations on the board
were mathematical mind-teasers that even Einstein hadn't been able to

But George Dantzig, working without any thoughts of limitation, had
solved not one, but two problems that had stumped mathematicians for
thousands of years.

Simply put, George solved the problems because he didn't know he
couldn't. You are not limited to the life you now live. It has been
ac cepted by you as the best you can do at this moment. Any time you're
ready to go beyond the limitations currently in your life, you're
capable of doing that by choosing different thoughts. All you must do is
figure out how you can do it, not whether or not you can. And once you
have made your mind up to do it, it's amazing how your mind begins to
figure out how.

A person is limited only by the thoughts that he/she chooses.

As I was passing the elephants, I suddenly stopped, confused by the fact
that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to
their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants
could, at anytime, break away from the ropes they were tied to but for
some reason, they did not.

I saw a trainer near by and asked why these beautiful, magnificent
animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. "Well," he
said, "when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size
rope to tie them and, at that age, it's enough to hold them. As they
grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They
believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free."
I was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their
bonds but because they believed they couldn't, they were stuck right
where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief
that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

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