Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Square Peg Into a Round Hole

If Apollo 13 isn't inspiring to people that humans can work together and solve problems (that we created in the first place) than I don't know what is. Sometimes I think about the things I am trying to accomplish, or the things others are trying to accomplish, and I think, 'that's crazy!' because it is so much more than he or she or I have ever done before. I feel like people with these audacious dreams are trying to make a square peg fit into a round hole. The doubts creep in and the haters try to cut dreams down. The thing is, square pegs do go into round holes. NASA did it in 1970 200,000 miles away from Earth with a sock, plastic bag and duct tape.

In mathematics the elegant solution often occurs after a math blood bath. A multiple page derivation leads to a three term equation. Similarly, fitting the irregular shape into the regular shape might require duct tape and socks or other innovative methods. One size does not fit all. The inspiring biography was written based on what the authors or others had already done. You and I are on a slightly different path than anyone else in the history of the world. Our course will deviate from another's biography. The point is, if the peg isn't fitting in the hole, maybe you haven't found the sock yet or maybe you ripped the first plastic bag.

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