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1, Jan 9, 2009

“The word impossible is not in my dictionary”

Filed under: Education — admin @ 8:49 am

Now that my son has left, every detail of the conversation that I had with him came back to me, leaving me to regurigitate like a camel.

When I expressed the intention of changing my cell phone but keeping my old phone number, someone in the house said it was absolutely impossible and told me not even to ask the store about it. I went to Sprint phone store and was told, “No problem. Just bring in your new phone and we will make the switch.”

While taking a walk, my son told me a friend of his had this attitude — believing something was impossible without even trying it. This attitude firmly defines his range of activities and possibility, and will greatly restrict his future. You will not give your best if you believe it is impossible and allow yourself to be defeated by your own attitude.

A famous quote of Napoleon Bonaparte, “The word impossible is not in my dictionary.” Worse than this, he also said, “Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.” How could he ever sweep across European continent and go down in history without this strong belief? Do we want to be thought of as fools?


  1. Greatings,
    Thank you! I would now go on this blog every day!

    Thank you

    Comment by Jinny — 1, Mar 23, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

  2. An interesting story…our Rabbi several years ago wrote a sermon about “impossible” not being in his dictionary. Several weeks later, a group of his religious school students showed up on his doorstep wanting to see his dictionary to verify he was being truthful. Without hesitation, he went to his bookshelf, opened his Merriam-Websters to the “i”s to show them, sure enough, that the word impossible and all related usages had been cut out of his copy (he brought this up in another sermon a week afterwards)…

    Comment by Harold — 1, Aug 21, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

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