Impossible is nothing

The more I study life and success, the more it becomes apparent that the only battlefield we have in common is the mind. Bring it under subjection and the world is your oyster. Fail to develop a strong mental resilience, and it can be your undoing.

I’ve always loved the idea of doing the impossible. The phrase is perhaps a bit overused, but you have to be doing (or saying or thinking) something unreasonable in order to win. If you’re a heavyweight boxing champion, you might put it like this:

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

—Muhammad Ali

Sounds good to me.

[Shouts out to Les for bringing this quote to my attention today, and to Nicky for almost making me decide against publishing this post on account of his.]

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.