William Liao

January 16, 2022

impossible versus undiscovered

“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” — Clarke’s second law

There’s a profound difference between impossible and undiscovered. 

Impossible means it can’t happen

Undiscovered means it hasn’t happened yet

The default for undiscovered things is to masquerade as impossible: 

Marvelous things like flying through space, light bulbs, and capturing solar energy were all thought to be impossible until we figured out how to make them happen. At which point, they were exposed for what they really were: merely things undiscovered. 

If you’re facing a challenge that seems impossible, the more likely reality is that it’s simply awaiting discovery by someone who is sufficiently curious, audacious, resourceful, and persistent. 

Perhaps that person is you.