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Can You Truly Accomplish Almost Anything? Commonly Held Beliefs About Possibility (Part 5), with Roland Frasier
Episode 9123rd September 2019 • Business Lunch • Roland Frasier
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Have you ever felt that the structure of our society and how things work socially make your goal impossible?

If you’ve ever felt this, or that what you want to do might be impossible for another reason, - or that it will take too long, or that “no-one has done it before so it’s probably a pipe dream”… this podcast series is for you.

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This is the last episode in this mini-series. Roland has built a strong case that to achieve exceptional things, you must first sincerely believe that what you want to do is actually possible. If you cannot even conceive and believe that the thing you want to achieve is possible, then your amazingly powerful brain will find a way to support you in that belief.

The truth is that there are very few things that are truly impossible.

In this episode, our host Roland Frasier joins us with MORE evidence that will inspire you to expand your possibilities and BELIEVE! Roland is known to be ‘The smartest guy in the room’ and this episode gives us a window into his mindset. One that will help you achieve so much more than you thought you could!

"Tens of thousands of bold and persistent entrepreneurs before you have stared down doubt, pushed past legal impossibilities, overcome physical impossibilities, dreamt impossible dreams and brought them to reality, broken through immense fiscal impossibilities and persisted past social impossibilities.” Roland Frasier

Roland has been breaking down the five categories of commonly held beliefs about Possibility. 

  1. Legally mandated impossibilities (Episode 83)
  2. Physical impossibilities (Episode 85)
  3. Perceptual impossibilities (Episode 87)
  4. Fiscal Impossibilities (Episode 89)
  5. Societal Impossibilities

Last but not least, listen today for Roland’s examination of Societal Impossibilities:

Have you ever felt that there are too many 'gatekeepers', or a 'good old boy network', blackballing, or simply that too many people are competing for the thing that you want? So, therefore ‘it’s just impossible’ to get a break, get noticed and rise above the noise to get a foot in the door?

Well, if you’re thinking it’s impossible, then let’s look at what other people facing the similar challenges were able to do, and maybe we will learn that it’s not so impossible after all!

• Milton Hershey left school after the 4th grade. He was fired from his first job as a printer’s assistant and then had 2 failed businesses before founding the Lancaster Caramel Company. He grew that to 1,300 employees and sold it for $1 million to fund a new start-up called The Hershey Chocolate Company, which is now worth about $28 billion.

• Theodor Giesel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was told that his work was “utter rubbish” and received 27 rejections before finally succeeding in publishing “And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street.” His books have now sold over 600 million copies in 20 different languages.

• Albert Einstein didn’t even speak a word until he was 4 years old and performed poorly at school. His parents thought he had a learning disability and he dropped out of school at age 15. He even flunked the entrance exam when he tried to go to college. But, by age 26, he had forever revolutionized scientific understanding with his Theory of Relativity and Quantum Theory of Light.

• Stephen King, who has sold over 350 million books, was rejected 30 times before he found a publisher.

• Oprah Winfrey was born in poverty in rural Mississippi, ran away from home at 13, had a child at age 14 and lost it, and was molested by no fewer than three of her close family members. Her first T.V. show totally bombed, but eventually, she was able to build an empire that creates a personal net worth of over $2.9 billion.

• Thomas Edison famously said, “I have not failed 10,000 times, I’ve found 10,000 ways that will not work.” In addition to failing to invent the electric lightbulb over 1,000 times, Edison also enjoyed several other spectacular failures, including the automatic vote recorder, the electric pen, the tinfoil phonograph, the talking doll, ore mills and separators, the Edison Home Service Club, and the Home Projecting Kinetoscope.

• Walt Disney was rejected by bankers over 300 times when trying to get the funding he needed to get his Mickey Mouse empire off the ground. He also was fired by a newspaper for “not being creative enough.” His first cartoon business, Laugh-O-Gram, went bankrupt. He suffered a mental breakdown, and an unscrupulous producer stole Disney’s first big commercial success, Oswald The Lucky Rabbit and all of Walt’s animators and left Disney with nothing. Disney took it in stride though. He said, “you may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you!”. He continued, “It is good to have a failure... because it teaches you so much. For one thing, it makes you aware that such a thing can happen to anybody, and once you’ve lived through the worst, you’re never quite as vulnerable afterward.”

Today, Walt Disney Co has about a 1/4 Trillion dollar market cap.

So... Do you still think you can’t overcome the odds and make the impossible happen?

Tens of thousands of bold and persistent entrepreneurs before you have stared down doubt pushed past legal impossibilities, overcome physical impossibilities, dreamed impossible dreams and brought them to reality, broken through immense fiscal impossibilities and persisted past social impossibilities.

"All you have to do is believe that you can do what you desire and then have the vision, tenacity, grit, and persistence to make it happen. I believe in you! Now you go and make the change. Go and be the change! - Roland Frasier

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