Who Gets to Define What’s Possible?

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When I was in the tenth grade, my English teacher assigned us a paper on what career we wanted to pursue and what college we wanted to go to. It became the day I realized I would pursue things that others believed would be impossible.

At some point, during her explanation, she asked us to write down how much money we wanted to make per year. 

At this point, I was already learning about entrepreneurship. While I knew people could make $10,000 a month or $1,000,000 a year, I hadn’t thought about it as a possibility for myself until then. 

There was a paper on the projector screen that showed the amount of money we could write down. The greatest number on that sheet was $100,000. Obviously, that’s what I wanted to aim for and write down.

But, before I could write it down, my teacher said something along the lines of, “Don’t write down $100,000. Be realistic.”

I almost scoffed out loud. Be realistic. Was she serious?

Who was she to tell us how to dream? More accurately, who was she was to tell us to limit our dreams?

I’m not hating on my English teacher (she was very kind), but who was she to tell us what was realistic and what was not?

Who is anyone to tell us that we’re dreaming too big or that our goals are unachievable? I didn’t realize parents could discourage our dreams for the sole reason of “You can’t do that.” I was never told teachers were allowed to tell us that our dreams were impossible to reach, that we had to be realistic.

No one has the right to tell you that you can’t go after your dreams. No one gets to decide that your dream is too big or unrealistic. 

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The only person who gets to define what’s possible is you. You’re allowed to believe that your “impossible” dream is possible. You’re allowed to have crazy goals and go after them because this is your life.

People will tell you that you can’t do what you can do. Family members. Friends. Even strangers.

Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations

Dr. Mae Jemison, astronaut and physician

Sometimes, it’ll get to your head, but that’s okay. You’re human, and no matter how much you believe in yourself, every now and then, you’ll have doubts.

Just be sure you’re catching those thoughts because while others can limit you, you can limit you, too. Just as you can define what’s possible, you define what’s impossible. Whatever you believe is impossible will be impossible.

It’s all about what you think. Never let anyone tell you what you can or can’t do. Your limitations and your possibilities are entirely up to you.

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What’s your impossible dream? Are you going after it or are you limiting yourself?  

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