Nothing is Impossible 

April 27, 2004

When Leonardo Di Vinci designed his "air screw" he was told flight was impossible.  Fearful of being labeled crazy, he encrypted his drawings so that they could not be read.  Today, his design is the basis for all piston-engine powered flight.

When Wilma Rudolph was struck down by Polio, she was told she would never walk again; running would be impossible.  At the 1960 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, she won three gold medals in track.

When Muhammad Ali first stepped into the boxing ring, he was told victory was impossible; he was just too scrawny.  Ali went on to become one of the greatest boxers the world has ever known.

When Ian Thorpe said he wanted to learn how to swim, he was told it was impossible; he was allergic to chlorine.  By age 17, Ian Thorpe had broke twenty-two world records in swimming.

When Stacy Kohut said he wanted to skateboard, he was told that was impossible; he was confined to a wheelchair.  Today, Stacy maneuvers his wheelchair up and down ramps that challenge even the most experienced skateboarders.

How many times have you heard a Scout declare something is impossible to do?  Gentlemen, impossible is just a big word tossed about by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it.

Impossible is not fact; it is opinion.

Impossible is not a declaration; it is a dare.

Impossible is potential.  Impossible is temporary.

Nothing is impossible.  Do the impossible.

Good night, gentlemen.

Inspired by an Adidas advertisement