“Close your ears to all adverse suggestions. Never mind if people call you a fool and a dreamer. Dream on.” ~ Wallace D. Wattles from The Science of Being Great

Did you know the guy who invented the radio (Marconi) was thrown into an insane asylum when he told his “friends” that he could harness sound and transmit it from one place to another without anything in between. They thought he was nuts.

(tangent: It IS kind of nutty when you think about it! You can listen to a radio station while driving your car or talk to your friends on a little piece of plastic with NOTHING (visible, anyway) there.)

Now, imagine if the people we admire so much decided they’d only do what the people around them thought was reasonable/possible/appropriate. Our world would be kinda boring. We owe all the great advances of our civilization to people who were brave enough to close their ears to all adverse suggestions, eh?!?

As Harry Truman says: “How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt? What would Jesus Christ have preached if he had taken a poll in the land of Israel? What would have happened to the Reformation if Martin Luther had taken a poll? It isn’t polls or public opinion of the moment that counts. It’s right and wrong and leadership.”

George Bernard Shaw says it beautifully as well: “Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.”

So how about you? You need to close your ears a bit (a lot?) more?!?


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