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Two Three Word Phases That Support and Propel Innovation Forward

Posted by Joe Antle on August 22, 2020 5:05 PM EDT
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As a child, my father would always say to me a three-word phrase every time that I told him that some sort of goal, idea or project was impossible.  And later as a father, I often heard my youngest child say a different three-word phrase every time she was told that some sort of goal, idea or project was impossible for her to achieve.  Being a person who believes in the power of big hairy audacious goals (BHAGs), breakthrough ideas and missions possible, it strikes me now....

....that both my father and my daughter had it right.

It seems to me that the power of positive thinking is the foundation upon which large successes, innovations and inventions are built.  Before there is an unreasonable goal, or an impractical idea or impossible mission there must be a fundamental belief system at the core on one's life view.

Simple phrases from an elderly parent and a positive perspective from a very young offspring can be the fuel that keeps a person of otherwise self-limiting behavior actions from falling backwards into failure and instead failing forward into success, moving farther ahead than most people would think is possible.  As my father always said, "Never Say Never", and my daughter opined, "It Can Happen", I now find that embracing innovative approaches and reducing risks associated with innovations can sometimes work against each other.  It is probably much better to simply begin with the slogan of an elder and a younger-both of which articulate the attitude for envisioning a success before even understanding the intricate and persistent actions that it will take to make the success once envisioned a reality.  In some situations, pragmatism gets in the way of bolder progress.

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