Aspirational Limits

“Because the ones that are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

It’s interesting that our first most human response is to recognize limitations. We’re taught physics and chemistry and learn how things work, but we’re  never asked to imagine how things can one day be. We measure how fast we can run. We check our wallets and see how much we can spend. The way we think is based on a current view of the world with the limited resources at our disposal.

But what’s more interesting to me is to imagine how things could be if we were wired differently; if we thought differently. If we focused on aspirations, instead of our limitations. What if we changed the way things are taught in schools, and asked kids to imagine a world that doesn’t exist yet. What if we spent more time dreaming, and making those dreams come to life. What if we changed our reflex from “I can’t” or “I don’t know how” to instead ask ourselves “Why not?” and “How can we?”.

Perhaps we’d have more progress or economic growth. Perhaps we’d have been able to cure disease and reduce poverty. Or perhaps there’d be a whole lot of chaos and madness. Nothing is certain, but I can bet you it’d be an exciting world to see.


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