Make the Impossible Possible

While I’m reading “Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary” by Bill Strickland, I’m going to put some of the quotes I find interesting or inspirational here. There may be some other stand-alone posts as I read more into it, but for now, we’ll just go with the quotes!

Update: As of 10 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23, I have finished this book. It took me less than 24 hours because I couldn’t put it down. I’ll be adding more quotes that I flagged later, and potentially writing a summary post soon! Highly recommend this book – it’s a great story with some really wonderful take-away advice!

Update: As of Monday, Jan. 24, I’ve written a blog post reviewing the book, and finished adding the quotes! Check it out!

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“I have an unshakable belief that each of us has not only the potential to live a rewarding and purposeful life but also the responsibility to do so. It’s an obligation we bear as human beings, but it’s also the source of our greatest potential.” (page 11)

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“…success isn’t a destination. It’s not something you pursue like a racetrack greyhound chasing a mechanical rabbit. Success is something you assemble from components you discover in your soul and your imagination. Authentic success, the kind of success that will enrich your life and enlarge your spirit, the only kind of success that matters, comes from knowing and trusting the deepest aspirations of your heart.” (page 11)

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“We trust conventional wisdom more than our own intuitions, and we prize the narrow and partial aspects of success — money, power, prestige — more than the rich, whole, satisfyingly human success we imagine in our dreams.” (page 26)

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“In the name of ‘common sense’ or ‘being responsible,’ we follow the path of least resistance, ignoring our true passions and potential and squandering the chance to live truly extraordinary lives.” (page 26)

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“…identity isn’t something you inherit, it’s something you must discover.” (page 69)

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“If others don’t value us, or see our potential and encourage it, how can we value and make the most of ourselves?” (page 76)

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“Trust your passion, identify your dreams, and find the courage to share them with others, no matter how many times they call you a fool. If your vision has merit, no matter how impossible it may seem, someone will recognize it and help you make it come true. That’s the practical power of a well-founded dream.” (page 97)

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“They don’t play from a formula or from any conventional wisdom; they take risks, they stretch, they explore, always looking for new opportunities, and always trusting their talents and their instincts to bring them home. I believe that life demands the same ability to trust and improvise We all need to have the vision and flexibility to react, recover, and keep moving forward every time life hits a snag or throws us an unexpected curve.” (page 105)

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“A successful life can be built — must be built — out of the simple and profound experiences and values that make us feel most human and most alive.” (page 112)

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“We’re taught that the practical path to a successful life is to create clear goals, then develop the tactics and strategies to reach them. We’re told we need to have some sense of direction in our lives, and that we need to have the discipline and vision to make our dreams come true. But too often, a goal becomes a tyrant. It turns you into a runner in a race, following a course someone else has laid out. Your vision narrows. You race by any number of interesting side streets, full of the unexpected, but you don’t even see them because your eye is fixed too firmly on the finish line.” (page 142)

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“Passion also helps us generate the courage we need to accomplish our dreams. Trusting in a passion requires a long leap of faith, and a leap of faith can be a frightening thing. But if the passion is strong enough, it will give you an irresistible reason to find the courage to face any challenges that stand in your way.” (page 158)

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“…passion, by definition, is excitement; and focusing on passion is exactly where all of your mind and spirit want to be. In other words, it is a bottomless, self-replenishing source of motivation.” (page 166)

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“Passions are irresistible and restless; they tug at your sleeve, demanding your attention. It’s no trick to recognize your passions. The hard part is trusting in them as an organizing principle in your life. Why is that so difficult? The problem is fear. We’re afraid that following our passions will make us look impractical, ineffectual, self-indulgent or even irresponsible.” (page 170)

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“No one accomplishes anything really worthwhile without the help of others. Learning to spot others in life who can help you to achieve your goals is a key component of success. But I’m convinced that knowing how to present yourself in a way that allows them to recognize you is an even more important talent to master.” (page 211)

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“We all have stories to tell. In fact, we can’t avoid telling them. We tell them every time we interact with another person, form a friendship, interview for a job, fall in love, ask for help, or share a dream. What my experiences prove to me is that the more clearly and convincingly you are able to tell your story, the better your chance of attracting the people who can best help you move your story forward, and in whose own stories you can play a productive part.” (page 213)

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“…a good life isn’t something you wait for, or chase after, or try to possess; it’s something you must create, moment by moment, ont he foundation of your dreams. But first, you need to understand your dreams and embrace them Most important, you need to know the difference between a dream and a fantasy, because it’s impossible to live a fulfilled , happy life until you do.” (page 221)

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“But the most important difference between fantasies and dreams is that fantasies are egotistical and self-centered; they isolate you and force you to live your life as a series of win-lose situations They define ‘success’ as a matter of the survival of the fittest. Dreams, on the other hand, connect you to the world and to other human beings. They make it clear that individual success is enlarged and enhanced by the spiritual fulfillment and success of the people with whom you share the planet.” (page 222)

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